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Hundreds of nutria wash ashore in Hancock Co.

Officials with the county road department estimate there are around 300 dead rodents on the beach. (Photo source: WLOX) Officials with the county road department estimate there are around 300 dead rodents on the beach. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Tropical Storm Cindy washed more than just seaweed and drift wood onto the beach in Hancock County. Hundreds of dead nutria litter the beach.

County officials and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality officials are on the scene assessing the problem. Officials with the county road department estimate there are around 300 dead rodents on the beach.

The nutria kill is along the shoreline in Waveland and Claremont Harbor. We don't know for sure how many are on the shore, but officials believe more will wash up with the tide.

County and state officials are trying to come up with a cleanup plan to get rid of the nutria. Officials also warned people to stay away from the carcasses, especially after they've been here for a while.

At first glance, it doesn't look like it is as bad as the nutria kill from 2012 when Hurricane Isaac washed ashore thousands of nutria.

MDEQ is not sure from where the rodents are coming from., but they could have washed up from the marshland in Louisiana. 

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