US House passes bill to help eradicate nutria


A nutria begs for something to eat at the banks of the Nidda creek in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on January 22, 2017. / AFP / dpa / Frank Rumpenhorst / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read FRANK RUMPENHORST/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure to grant funding to eradicate the invasive swamp rat known as nutria has passed the U.S. House. California Rep. Josh Harder brought a large, stuffed nutria carcass named Nellie to the House floor Wednesday, where the bill was approved by lawmakers.

Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves co-sponsored the bill that supports allocating money to states battling the invasion of the rodent.

Nutria are known for nibbling on tree roots and causing erosion to land and marshes.

The swamp rats are native to South America but arrived in the United States in the 20th century due to demand in the fur industry.

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