Super User Sam Posted January 22 Super User Share Posted January 22 I attended the Richmond Fishing Expo this Saturday, January 21st, and had the opportunity to speak with James R. Powell, the District Supervisor for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Mr. Powell noticed my Louisiana Crawfish cap and asked me if I was from Louisiana and did I know about nutria. In fact, what made me stop at his booth were the nutria handouts, photos, and other information about this big rat and the map that showed nutria moving into southeastern Virginia (Tidewater and west towards Emporia). I had not seen a photo of a nutria in years as my Louisiana friends take them for granted and ignore them in the swamps. Mr. Powell told me that the USDA is trying to remove the nutria. Only problem is that the rats are moving to the west and north, towards Williamsburg and Richmond. There were also some kills in the Jamestown Island area on the Historic James River last year. The USDA killed and removed several nutrias from a very exclusive Williamsburg country club pond that boarders the Historic James River. It is thought that the rats will be traveling north, towards Washington DC, and then as far north as the winter temperatures will allow them to migrate. Freezing winter temps are our friends in that we may not be able to fish, but nutria may not be able to survive a strong winter. I do not believe there are any rules hunting nutria in Virginia, but if you do have a rifle on your bass boat or kayak be ready to use it; know how to use; and always check to see what is behind your line of sight towards the nutria so you do not damage property or persons. A Virginia hunting license would be helpful, too. Wild boars are also in Virginia’s Tidewater area. The USDA supposedly killed all of them but another guy at the show told us that he and his friends have seen boars in the Tidewater area towards North Carolina and Mr. Powell said he will get the helicopter flying to check it out. Here is some information on nutria. First snakeheads, now nutria and wild boars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutria 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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