Don't Feed The Nutrias

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People over social media have increasingly been asking about orange-toothed furry critters that they have been encountering in parks and along the waterfront. They are nutrias or coypus, and ecologists say they are a natural disaster since they are not native to Europe and have no enemies in the wild.

City forestry company Lesy hl. m. Prahy spokeswoman Petra Fišerová said the mild recent winters have not improved the situation, and since the animals have had no lack of food year round they have been expanding their numbers geometrically. 

The city forestry service, which oversees wildlife, is attempting to capture the large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodents to relocate them to zoo corners and other locations where they can live out their lives but not interfere with the natural ecology of the waterfront.

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