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Stevens chemists identify compounds to lure nutria, a rat-like pest ravaging Gulf Coast wetlands
Date:3/6/2008

rnard Parish fur dealer in 1938. He did eventually set the nutria loose, but not because of hurricane damage, said McIlhenny historian and curator Shane Bernard, quoted in reporter Kirkhams recent newspaper interview.

Im confident that all the myth has been stripped away, he said. Anybody who knows oral history or folklore knows how stories can change when theyre passed down from one generation to the next.

While Federal agencies have looked at various poisoning methods, none of those efforts has gone very far because of the effects on other species. The work of Professor Attygalle and his associates offers an environmentally friendly bait technique intended to lure nutria to traps for transport away from sensitive coastal zones and marshlands.


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Contact: Patrick A. Berzinski
pberzins@stevens.edu
201-216-5687
Stevens Institute of Technology
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