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Nutria aka Coypu aka Swamp rats

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by The Keep Book, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. The Keep Book

    The Keep Book Reclusive Misanthrope Premium Member

    A nutria is essentially a three-foot long rat with long orange fangs. Geniuses introduced them to North America to harvest their fur and they became an invasive species, like mammalian kudzu. Bull Plug hunted nutria with Alligator's sibling Rennie B and ever since reading that story I have dreamed of someday doing the same. Have any folks here done it? When I was a kid I used to hunt gophers with hounds. I imagine bulldogs and Staffies would have a field day hunting nutria. (Is there still a bounty on nutria in Louisiana?)
     
  2. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    Seems like it would be fun to toss a dog right in the middle of a group of em and see how long it takes to dispatch them . Great exercise I’d imagine especially in some swampy water
     
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  3. Staub

    Staub Big Dog

    I follow a guy's page on FB from Oregon that hunts nutria with heavy OFRN dogs. I would assume maybe more folks do hunt them where they have them. I've never seen a nutria myself.
     
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  4. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    I just read they have em in Cali sounds like a fun day to me. but they haven't made huge numbers yet
     
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  5. The Keep Book

    The Keep Book Reclusive Misanthrope Premium Member

    They used to be here in CA but they were supposedly eradicated. If they are back it would not be surprising.
     
  6. There's one at my work. We set up traps but the prick keeps dodging them. But here in sw Washington we have em.
     
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  7. The Keep Book

    The Keep Book Reclusive Misanthrope Premium Member

    Here is a skull and a map of North America that shows where they are established. I was surprised that they are found as far north as British Columbia, since they are a South American species.
     

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  8. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    Interesting all I've seen is what I can find on Google but I got family around Auburn placerville area I'm gonna ask if they have seen any recently. if so im gonna go Elmer fudd those fuckers plus up there's a bunch of streams and wildlife areas to look around seems like perfect swamp rat area I read they we're by Modesto so it would be safe to think they can go up father
     
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  9. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    Hey do you know when the map was made cause your map might be newer then what I read on Google
     
  10. The Keep Book

    The Keep Book Reclusive Misanthrope Premium Member

    Set a bulldog with a good nose in there at night (a Patterdale would likely be chewed to smithereens by the monster). I wonder what deadbrain introduced them to the Pacific Northwest.

    If they are here in CA, I would be thrilled to go up north with a couple of VBK dogs. The ones I have owned have all been too small for feral swine, but I think they could hold their own with any rodent, even a damn capybara.
     
  11. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    Yeah that would be cool I got a lil one that would be perfect size for em too
     
  12. The Keep Book

    The Keep Book Reclusive Misanthrope Premium Member

    Wikipedia lists June 2006 as the upload date. (They oughta update that map. :-/ ) Nutria may have re-established themselves in CA by now because it only takes a short while for them to reproduce explosively, like feral boars.
     
  13. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    Yeah I looked it up they can produce up too 200 offspring a year
     
  14. Haha I was talking bout a co worker nobody likes. We do have a legit rat problem tho and I've let my dog go on em. Them things get mean back! But the boss called pest control so now there's traps up n they stumble around all poisoned. So no more dog on rats.
     
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