FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas wildlife officials are warning residents not to feed the swamp rats that have infested a Fort Worth park.
Nutria, also called swamp rats, are large, semi-aquatic rodents that can become a nuisance.
"They can eat around three pounds a day," Rachel Richter, a biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife told WFAA. "If not controlled, you end up with erosion, destabilized banks, decreased water quality, and a lot less of a habitat for native plants, animals, and fish."
Richter saw about 50 nutria at Krauss Baker Park in Fort Worth last year. She believes there are about 20 well-fed rats there now.
Nutria were recently seen with ducks eating pet food that was left at the park.
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