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Terrebonne Parish leader proposes bigger bounty for nutria

Terrebonne Parish leader proposes bigger bounty for nutria

AMITE, La. (AP) — Terrebonne Parish leaders are considering a proposal that would add $2 or $3 to the $5 that the state already pays for each nutria tail turned in by hunters and trappers. Times-Picayune reports Parish Council Chairman Dirk Guidry is proposing to allot $100,000 for the added bounty. He notes the parish spends about $140,000 to rebuild an acre of marsh so the investment in the bounty could be money well spent.

Marsh-devouring nutria are hitting Terrebonne more than other coastal parishes. This year, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 82 percent of the nutria damage surveyed along the Louisiana coast was in Terrebonne. The rate was even higher in 2016, when Terrebonne bore 99 percent of all damage.

Yet, despite having the biggest nutria problem, Terrebonne produces only 22 percent of the program's nutria tails.

A bigger financial incentive could boost the count, Guidry hopes.

A key issue is making sure the added bounty is paid only for nutria killed in Terrebonne. A hunter might bring tails from neighboring Lafourche Parish and claim the Terrebonne bounty, Guidry said. A solution is to offer the Terrebonne bounty only to hunters who can prove Terrebonne residency.

Information from: The Times-Picayune,

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