Date: 2/11/19 7:50 am
From: larry corridon <larry961357...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
I’ve seen what I assumed was a muskrat at the Pinto lake between the boardwalk and the closer shore twice, once about 3 months ago, and 6 days ago. I wasn’t sure if it was the same animal or not but I was very close to it both times-less than 8 feet and as it didn’t know I was looking at it from directly above, I had a bit of time to observe it. Although I didn’t notice the whisker color specifically, I think I would have noticed it. if they were white. The muzzle on both animals was definitely not white.

Larry Corridon

> On Feb 11, 2019, at 01:29, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:
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> Folks,
> A very nitpicky pet peeve. Nutria is actually the Spanish word for “otter,” in fact the word nutria and the Latin Lutra (the genus for otters) comes from the same base. In places where the “Nutria” occurs naturally in South America, folks tend to call it “Coypo” or “Coypu.” This (Coypu) has started to be used as the English name for the creature, as it makes little sense to call it otter. The white whiskers are pretty easy to see. If you think these critters are nasty invaders, some genius decided to introduce Canadian Beaver and Muskrat to Patagonia – not a good idea!
> Alvaro
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> From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> On Behalf Of Kent
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> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
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> I guess I need to figure this out as well. I have some experience with muskrats in Colorado, and those have always been smaller, darker, and much more shy than the animal I saw at Pinto Lake. The Cal. Fish & Wildlife website on nutria says "the white muzzle and conspicuous, white whiskers are distinguishing characteristics of the nutria". Muskrats are said to have black whiskers. The animal I saw had a white muzzle and white whiskers. I guess the distinguishing characteristics are not actually any, or all, of those things.
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> Kent Johnson
> Boulder Creek
> From: 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...>>
> Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:39 AM
> To: Gary Kittleson
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> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
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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...> <mailto:<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.
>>
>> 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?
>>>
>>> Kent Johnson
>>> Boulder Creek
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