Dead Nutria littered Harrison County beaches, too

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The first word we got about dead Nutria on Mississippi's shoreline was from Hancock County.  The Nutria reportedly lived in Louisiana marshes.  But, as Hurricane Isaac spun toward the coast, it washed the rats onto Mississippi's western beachfront.

Now, we're learning Nutria also littered the 26 mile sand beach in Harrison County.

The Harrison County Sand Beach department reportedly collected a total of 20.6 tons of Nutria on the first cleaning pass. Crews will now start to work on cleaning up the debris and may find more Nutria within the other debris.

Harrison County beaches remain closed.  You're advised to stay off of the beaches to ensure your safety.

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