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Calif. rep to bring dead giant swamp rat to Congress

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A Turlock lawmaker plans to bring a giant swamp rat to Congress to drum up support for eradicating the pest from California's Central Valley.

Rep. Josh Harder, a rookie Democratic congressman, wants his colleagues to award $7 million to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over five years to combat the spread of nutria, large semi-aquatic rodents wreaking havoc on wetlands in his district.

The swamp rat that will accompany Harder Tuesday in Washington is not an actual living nutria, but rather the dead, stuffed-with-sawdust variety, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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Valley Democrats Declare War on Invasive Swamp Rats

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Rep. Josh Harder of Turlock put on waders and traipsed through the water in search of swamp rats recently.

The goal: Publicizing a bill that he and three other California Democrats have introduced targeting nutria, an invasive species from South America creating havoc with irrigation canals and levees.

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Report: ‘Swamp rats’ (aka nutria) invade California town and threaten to ‘overrun’ the area

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Swamp rats, troublesome rodents typically known as nutria in Louisiana, are causing problems in central California, threatening to damage levees, disrupt the state’s water supply and knock an area river delta ecosystem out of balance, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The report says that California’s "reliance on expansive waterways connected to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta make the state especially vulnerable."

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