Hundreds Of Dead Nutria On The Beach In Waveland

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - A curse from a hurricane 50 years ago has come to haunt Hancock County today. Hundreds of dead nutria have washed up on the beach in Waveland. Their bodies are floating in the water about a mile and a-half from the Silver Slipper Casino.

Nutria arrived in Louisiana from South America in the 1900s and were raised by commercial farmers for their fur. When Hurricane Audrey hit Louisiana in 1957, the nutria escaped and re-populated quickly.

Ricky Flynn with Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says Nutria cause a lot of damage to freshwater marshes. And while hundreds died during the storm, he says Nutria re-populate rather quickly - producing two litters of four or five babies a year.

As for who will clean up the mess on the beach, officials with the Department of Environmental Quality promise to work with Hancock County to have the dead animals removed.