Looking for something to do this weekend? How about coming out to see how some local folks are working to eradicate a few pesky invasive species such as the nutria.
What is a nutria you ask? Nutria are large semi-acquatic rodents, native to South America, but brought to south Louisiana in the 1930s for the fur industry.
Why do we want to eradicate them from south Louisiana? Because nutria can cause extensive damage to our marshlands due to their nasty little habit of dining on our wetland plants.
What can you do to support the eradication of nutria from south Louisiana? You can come out to the 1st Annual Nutria Rodeo being held this weekend at Oak Ridge Park in Golden Meadow. The event is sponsored by Sassafras Louisiana, a super organization of young people dedicated to bringing youth together in the restoration and preservation of Louisiana.
The rodeo will take place this Saturday, December 3rd, 2011. The judging categories include the following: nutria, carp, feral swine, and coyote. Scales will open at 11 AM and will close at 4 PM. Besides the hunting, the rodeo will also feature various contests, raffles, delicious Cajun food, and fun and music for all.
Hope to see y’all for some good ole bayou fun! And if you’re interested in saving our wetlands by wearing more nutria, check out Righteous Fur for a few ideas for anyone on your holiday shopping list.