Date: 2/10/19 12:15 pm
From: <ltjaeger...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
There’s more white meat on a nutria. :-)

They’re also larger, more terrestrial, and have shorter tails than a muskrat

Clay

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> On Feb 10, 2019, at 10:39 AM, 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> wrote:
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> Out of curiosity, how would one differentiate between a muskrat and a nutria?
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>> On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:50 AM, Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...> wrote:
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>> Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO observations, or reports, of nutria.
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>> Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.
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>> Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101 at Blackie Road.
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>> Gary Kittleson
>> Kittleson Environmental Consulting
>> Santa Cruz
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>>> On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
>>> While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish & Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?
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>>> Kent Johnson
>>> Boulder Creek
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