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Hundreds of dead nutria in Hancock County victims of Tropical Storm Cindy

Officials say that the hundreds of nutria in Hancock County died from drowning. (Photo source: WLOX) Officials say that the hundreds of nutria in Hancock County died from drowning. (Photo source: WLOX)
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

Anna Skipper visits the area near Buccaneer State Park in Waveland a lot to fish and spend time with family - not see dead nutria.

“It was kind of strange. We were traveling from Nicholson Avenue and I noticed that there was something floating in the water about every 3 feet," said Skipper. “The odor is terrible, and they’re all bloated....They’e really nasty looking."

Hundreds of the river rats are washing onto the Hancock County shore - mostly in Clermont Harbor and Waveland – creating a big, smelly mess. And, more are expected due to the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Cindy. 

“We have found no abnormalities are these carcasses or lesions that would suggest to be chemical burns,” said Nick Hatten with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. ”So, we are going with the cause of death as drowning as confirmed by our MDEQ biologist.”

Both county and state officials are working out a plan to dispose of the bodies. In the meantime, they advise beach goers to to steer clear of the dead animals. 

Jordyn Wimberly and friends were spending a little vacation time on the beach but had a little surprise.

“No, it doesn’t bother me because they’re in Manchac, Louisiana. We go to Manchac a lot and they’re over there. So, it doesn’t bother me.”

Officials aren't sure from where the nutria originated. In 2012, when thousands of nutria washed up in Hancock County, officials said they were from the Louisiana marshes.

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