The nutria, a native to South America, is an invasive semi-aquatic rodent now living in Louisiana’s wetlands. Nutria cause permanent damage to coastal marshes and other wetlands by feeding on native plants that hold wetland soil together.
To control Louisiana’s nutria population, the state offers a bounty for nutria tails.
The Wetlands Discovery Center’s official nutria, Beignet, is sweet as sugar! He helps us teach students about the importance of Louisiana’s wetlands, and he only eats carrots and lettuce…not the marsh!
Each year, Beignet is officially pardoned at the Rougarou Fest keeping him safe from hunters.