Captured nutria granted clemency

"Thanks for the ride, guys."

If, like me, you worry officials are moving too slowly on the nutria eradication — that super-destructive nutria are going to take over the Delta – this will not reassure you.

It’s from a Department of Fish and Wildlife briefing (see bottom paragraph).

“Nutria captured by Lathrop Animal Services on 4/9/18 (reported to CDFW on 4/20/18), was netted under a vehicle in a residential neighborhood 0.5 mi off the San Joaquin River. Animal Services did not identify the animal but photographed it, and released it back to the San Joaquin River on 4/9/18. The sex and approximate age of this animal is unknown.”

Not only did Lathrop Animal Services fail to identify the nutria, they gave it a ride a half-mile back to the river!

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