So what is a nutria?

Nutria — if you can’t beat ‘em, wear ‘em!
Hated pest or righteous fur? In Louisiana, the nutria is an invasive species that destroys wetlands, so fashion designers are using their pelts as fur.

A lot of people ask us, “So, what is a nutria?” Here’s a primer:

• Originally native to South America.

• They resemble a large rat, though they can weigh 20 pounds.

• Has bright orange, beaver-like teeth.

• Once valued for fur, but now seen as a wetlands-munching pest.

• In Louisiana, hunters get $5 for each dead nutria they bring in.

• The animal is rated as “least concerned” in a widely accepted list of threatened species.

• Meat is low in cholesterol and fat.