Nutria in the Neighborhood

Taking Meisa for her walk, I counted eight nutrias on the far side of the beaver pond. Meisa was in no mood to stick around and watch; the grass gets her paws wet and she had business to attend to. So, off we went.

On the way back, I stopped to snap a couple of pictures. By then, a few had already skedaddled.

What wildlife do you see in your neighborhood?

I believe these are nutria instead of muskrats because of their size. As I’m not a professional nutritionist, I’m not sure.

By Brent Logan

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  1. I am in love with our wildlife in Walla Walla, in case you hadn’t gathered…! The bunnies, the hawks, the owls, the pheasants… I am less fond of the coyotes, the groundhogs, the mice, but they seem to come with the territory…

    I remember the first time I saw nutria, in Roseburg, Ore., and they freaked me out. Something about them seemed unnatural, like oversized hamsters or something.

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