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Posted: 6/6/2008 5:17:29 AM EST
Nutria under the gun on the 17th Street Canal
Posted by Andrew Vanacore June 05, 2008 11:02PM

A Jefferson Parish SWAT team has been called in to defend the 17th Street Canal.

The threat? Nutria, the orange-toothed rodents that eat through marshlands and levees, among other offenses. Officials say their numbers around the canal have jumped in the last year and a half, damaging levees.

"They've not only damaged the intake pipes but burrowed into holes along the canal," said Chief Bob Garner of the East Jefferson Levee District Police.

Inspections around the 17th Street Canal began turning up signs of nutria about a year and a half ago, said Danny Abadie, superintendent of operations for the East Jefferson Levee District Maintenance Department.

"We've seen a bunch of these critters out there," Abadie said. "They're eating at the base of the grasses," which can lead to soil erosion.

Over time, that erosion can add up. When Jefferson Parish officials first recognized the nutria epidemic in 1994, they estimated it had already caused $6 million to $8 million in damage.

Jefferson Parish SWAT teams have targeted the rodents along drainage canals for more than a decade.

Their ever-burgeoning numbers and destructive eating habits have left the nutria with few friends - even among animal rights groups.

Garner said he asked the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to deploy the SWAT team as a favor.

SWAT members will stalk the rats with rifles in the wee hours, They plan to start as early as today. Garner said the operation could last weeks.

Still an open question is whether SWAT members will have jurisdiction to go after nutria on the Orleans Parish side of the canal.

Garner said East Jefferson officials have focused on the Jefferson side. But he couldn't say whether sharpshooters would hold their fire if they spot pests across the water.

"For the time being, we're only concerned with those that are on our side," Garner said. "If that problem arises, we'll deal with it."
blog.nola.com/updates/2008/06/nutria_under_the_gun_on_17th_s.html
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:20:57 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:22:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
I never wanted to be a SWAT member, till now.

+1

Bring on the critters.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:23:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 5:23:19 AM EST by genesis]
Get Some!!!
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:23:41 AM EST
Freeze, Gopher!!!
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:23:57 AM EST
OMG that sounds like a hoot!!

Where do I sign?
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:24:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
I never wanted to be a SWAT member, till now.


Lol. It does sound like a fun detail.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:25:06 AM EST
There was a COPS episode several years ago that showed how they did this. Basically 2 SWAT members cruised around in the back of a truck popping nutria with suppressed 10/22s. I thought it quite possibly was one of the coolest things I had ever seen a PD do.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:25:11 AM EST
Are they any good to eat ?
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:25:30 AM EST
Dave Attel did this for some city down south on one of his Insomniac shows. A couple city workers drive around the canals in the back of a pick up, and plink off the nutria. It didn't look all that fun.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:28:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By weptek911:
Are they any good to eat ?



For normal people... No

For coon asses.... They are a delicacy.

Think Nutria sauce piquante.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:28:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:30:47 AM EST
Oh, the humanity!

Why don't these JBT's try to arrest the culprits? This "shoot on sight" order is just begging for ACLU involvement!

Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:34:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:35:57 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:36:34 AM EST
No knock raid those furballs!
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:38:21 AM EST
Wait till PETA gets ahold of this...
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:39:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 5:41:59 AM EST by weptek911]

Originally Posted By 338winmag:

Originally Posted By weptek911:
Are they any good to eat ?



For normal people... No

For coon asses.... They are a delicacy.

Think Nutria sauce piquante.


Funny, we used to have a big French speaking demographic in Monroe MI that would eat Muskrat too. It must be a French/Cajun thing.

The idea at the time was they could eat it on Catholic Fish Fridays because it was a waterborne animal.

French Canadian muskrat eaters
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:41:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:43:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By A-36Pilot:
There was a COPS episode several years ago that showed how they did this. Basically 2 SWAT members cruised around in the back of a truck popping nutria with suppressed 10/22s. I thought it quite possibly was one of the coolest things I had ever seen a PD do.


That's exactly what our local PD has. Suppressed 10/22s for Nutria control.

Though we don't have as many hobos now as we used to...
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:44:17 AM EST
They have been shooting them for years, years before Katrina... Usually with a .22 or suppressed rifle. It really isn't anything new.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:45:42 AM EST
I have shot and trapped these when I lived in OR. For my buddy's 50th B-Day I BBQed nutria and raccoon.

I marinated both and threw on the grill, people were eating it as fast as I could cook it, even after I told them what they were eating!

Shot one once while duck hunting and sent my lab after it, he was less then amused when he got to it but he brought it back
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:45:58 AM EST
Just pretend its a dog...

Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:49:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:49:49 AM EST
That sounds like fun.

I'd volunteer to help in a heartbeat.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:50:51 AM EST
Do they get to use full auto M4s?
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:52:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
I never wanted to be a SWAT member, till now.


+1. I can handle assignments where no one shoots back!
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:54:41 AM EST
They do the same thing every year.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:56:31 AM EST
It would be much cheaper for them to call in a few of us!! They are probably paying the SWAT guys overtime, I'd do it for free ammo and beer! (Disclaimer: Alcohol and firearms do not mix; beer referenced in this proposal is to be consumed later of course)
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:56:33 AM EST
That is too funny. The gonments solution is to pay a specialized law enforcement squad to hunt these varmints down. I bet they complain about underfunding as well. You would think they could sell licenses to shoot these critters and make a little money.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:56:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:57:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
No knock raid those furballs!


Just be sure to call in a possible pot grow first...
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:57:43 AM EST
Never ask the ingredients of a good bowl of gumbo.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:57:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
hmmmm..
bush and rove obviously trained nutria to undermine the levees!!!


Haliburton Nutria training school

On a serious note, years back they had a $5 bounty on Nutria tails... I checked into it because that would be a worthwhile evening if you could get on them. But you had to apply and get a $100 license to get the bounty, kind of nixed out the payoff.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:58:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:

Originally Posted By dirtytim:
Just pretend its a dog...



some of them are as big as dogs


That's when you need "The Holy Handgrenade of Antioch"! "Three shall be the number, and the number shall be three!!"
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:00:13 AM EST
I hope SWAT doesn't show up late for a hostage situation because of this. Imaging having to explain that to the media.

"We were late because we were shooting rat-like fuzzballs in a canal."
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:01:42 AM EST
I have fond memories of slaughtering those dammed things at duck and deer camps. I grew up in South LA. They truly are a nusicance (sp).

IIRC, Wildlife and Fisheries used to offer money per tail to keep the population down.

They are open season as well, no limit, no quarter.

FACT: They are an evasive species, hence the reason they are such a problem.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:02:32 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:04:55 AM EST
HUT HUT HUT HUT

NUTRIA!!!!!! WEAPONS HOT!!

HUT HUT HUT HUT
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:05:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By skygod:
I have fond memories of slaughtering those dammed things at duck and deer camps. I grew up in South LA. They truly are a nusicance (sp).

IIRC, Wildlife and Fisheries used to offer money per tail to keep the population down.

They are open season as well, no limit, no quarter.

FACT: They are an evasive invasive species, hence the reason they are such a problem.


You'd get evasive too when the shootin starts.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:08:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By A-36Pilot:
There was a COPS episode several years ago that showed how they did this. Basically 2 SWAT members cruised around in the back of a truck popping nutria with suppressed 10/22s. I thought it quite possibly was one of the coolest things I had ever seen a PD do.


SAw that one too. Looked like fun.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:11:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 6:12:20 AM EST by TheUziButton]
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:12:44 AM EST
For those non-Louisiana folks:



They are UGLY fuckers.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:19:02 AM EST


"Die swimmin' rat, orange toof, mutha fuckas!!!"
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:23:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheUziButton:
Hunting Nutria in with suppressed .22s in New Orleans with Dave Attel




fuggin' awesome!

Attel FTW. That guys is seriously funny.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:37:20 AM EST
I remember a few years ago hearing about the La gov hiring hunters to come kill them.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:44:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By TurdyDingo:

Originally Posted By A-36Pilot:
There was a COPS episode several years ago that showed how they did this. Basically 2 SWAT members cruised around in the back of a truck popping nutria with suppressed 10/22s. I thought it quite possibly was one of the coolest things I had ever seen a PD do.


That's exactly what our local PD has. Suppressed 10/22s for Nutria control.

Though we don't have as many hobos now as we used to...


"Sounds like a good job for a suppressed 10/22" was exactly what I thought when I read the article.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 6:52:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By SultanOfBrunei:
Dave Attel did this for some city down south on one of his Insomniac shows. A couple city workers drive around the canals in the back of a pick up, and plink off the nutria. It didn't look all that fun.


New Orleans
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 7:36:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By dirtytim:
Just pretend its a dog...


Or for the GD Commandos... A Cat
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 7:37:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By Cavu:

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:

Originally Posted By dirtytim:
Just pretend its a dog...



some of them are as big as dogs


That's when you need "The Holy Handgrenade of Antioch"! "Three shall be the number, and the number shall be three!!"


"And the Nutria, being naughty in my sight...shall Snuffeth"
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 7:41:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By dirtytim:
Just pretend its a dog...



beat me to the punch
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