Are they destructive or dangerous?

A nutria consumes 25% of its body weight each day. Because it eats roots and stems, it can destroy ten times more plant matter than it eats. Nutria are known to destroy wetlands and marshes, and turn shoreline areas into muddy bogs. They host a variety of parasites and pathogens and, when cornered or captured, nutria are aggressive and can inflict serious injury to people and pets.

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