Terrebonne Parish leader proposes bigger bounty for nutria

July 15, 2017 - 11:11 am

AMITE, La. (AP) _ The dreaded nutria could soon fetch a bigger bounty in Terrebonne Parish, where it's doing the most damage.
  
Parish leaders are considering a proposal that would add $2 or $3 to the $5 that the state already pays for each nutria tail turned in by hunters and trappers.
  
Parish Council Chairman Dirk Guidry is proposing to allot $100,000 for the added bounty. He notes the parish spends about $140,000 to rebuild an acre of marsh so the investment in the bounty, he says, could be money well spent.
  
This year, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 82 percent of the nutria damage surveyed along the Louisiana coast was in Terrebonne. The rate was higher in 2016, when Terrebonne bore 99 percent of all damage.

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