Tens of thousands of dead nutria litter the Coast

HANCOCK COUNTY — Crews are pitchforking dead nutria into front-end loaders on Hancock County beaches.

The Sun Herald reports an estimated 16,000 to 18,000 of the semiaquatic rodents and other dead animals washed in Hancock County up after drowning in Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge.

A federal contractor, U.S. Environmental Services, will dump the bodies in a Pecan Grove landfill rated to take household garbage.

Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough says county crews tried to deal with a similar problem after Hurricane Gustav and many workers got sick.

Harrison County has fewer dead nutria. Officials say county sand-beach crews removed nearly 16 tons of dead animals from its beaches this weekend. Supervisor Kim Savant says they were still washing up yesterday.

 

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