Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

California Trails

How to Beat Invasive Rodents? Eat 'Em, Argue Some

Non-native nutria are damaging California wetlands. One solution: Hunt and eat them.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.


None
Tom Brandt

Problem: Nutria, a large, non-native rodent that can devastate wetland ecosystems, are breeding in California. One solution offered by some experts: Eat them.¬†Though the taste reportedly takes some getting used to, some state wildlife offices provide nutria recipes in an effort to encourage hunting. It’s illegal to possess or hunt nutria in California right now, but a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife acknowledged the rules could change in the future.