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Old August 9, 2012, 08:52 AM   #21
sc928porsche
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Nutria are a little larger than muskrats. They are very similar to the muskrat and do the same damage. They tunnel into the banks usulally a bit below waterline and make dens just a bit above the waterline. A bit like a beaver den. Like all rodents, they are prolific. This weakens levees and ditches and can cause failure which leads to flooding.

When I was young (teen), I used to trap muskrats in the Sacramento valley. I would skin them and streach their hides. I got 75 cents apiece. The hides were used to make womens coats and coat collars.
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