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What Is The History Of Nutria In Oregon?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by RVTECH, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering if anybody knows the true story.
     
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    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Snoplop Whidbey Island New Member

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    Can give ya a little in site on the reasons for local populations in the valley. I was raised in Talbot/Jefferson area and had neighbors with the remnants of a old Nutria farm and pins. Said the original owners had them imported from Europe ( keep in mind this was a long dam time ago) released them due to falling fur prices from the fur slipping after a few years. Lady's sported them as a cheaper alternative to mink back then. Didn't like it when their coats/shawls shed. The quality of the tanning may have had something to do with it. Noticed the newer mink coats are much better quality than the old ones. The older lady's in the family all had mink.
    So- anyway they let em loose and they thrived in the creeks till I was old enough to terrorize them. Never made much money on the hides but had a hell of a good time trapping and shooting them.
     
  4. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    Here is a brief history: The crosshairs of my Ruger 77/22 rest on the nutria. A small crack is heard. The nutria is history. I hate nutria more than I hate oppossum's and I hate oppossum's more than I hate the Taliban. Kip.
     
  5. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    Thats a neat video. Wouldn't mind shooting a few my self.
    I always liked watching Oregon field guide to.
     
  6. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Down south, they call them "swamp bunnies" and the one I partook of in eating was actually quite good. Yep I know, just a big rodent, but then again so are Rabbit and Squirrel.
     
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    Simonpie Portland Active Member

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    bikejunkie Salem Well-Known Member

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    I can't even count how many I've shot. Destructive little bastards...
     
  9. i8asquirrel

    i8asquirrel Keizer, oregon Member

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    .300Blackout 110 Vmax over trailboss and a good can on a bolt gun..Nutria make for a great afternoon!
     
  10. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Active Member

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    I thought they were imported to be self-perpetuating targets?

    nutria.jpg
     
  11. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    NICE SHOTS!
     
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    SAR1846 Oregon Member

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    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    We knew people that had one of those old pens on the property still!

    Sounds just like LLama values. 20 years ago LLama used to costs a ton. Now people are giving them away.
     
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    Rascals Portland Or Active Member

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    Dont need to know how to kill them but does anybody have any good recipies for them?
     
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    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    We had friends that raised Nutria in the 50's, just outside Seaside. I think they were more of an alternate to muskrat rather than to mink. Fur is much closer to a muskrat's...yep, market for the fur fell and people just quit tending the pens.

    It is my understanding they come from South America. Cook like you would beaver. The meat is good tasting, the Chinese love it.
     
  16. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Must be a little slower on the 'West' side - they have been gone for about 10 years now over here in the 'East' - same as Ostriches - the only people who made any money were the ones selling breeding pairs during the height of the fad - I know one guy who got into it and he wound up with five acres of adult Ostriches - and no market for them - I had a suggestion but he wouldn't even think of it at the time.......