Nice job. Not only did you make yourself sound like a complete p*ssy, you have now provided the location for people to go and bother the nutria.
Given a choice between the hipsters and the nutria I'm thinking the nutria sound like better company, especially if you are one of the hipsters.
Why do you think it is so amusing to go feed the nutria, adding to the problem of them learning to approach humans for snacks AND give the location where others can do the same? They are non-native, yes, but do you think they bought plane tickets to Oregon with the idea that they would take over native ponds and streams? NO. We humans brought them here and OOPS! let them go. Now they are a PROBLEM and some people around here think the way to deal with them is to kill them in some rather inhumane ways. Did you happen to ask how they trap them? Did they happen to mention that they set traps for them underwater where they are caught and die by drowning?
Pretty funny, huh?
Did you bother to interview anyone who LIKES them? or who has met one in person and can tell you what they are really like?
Are YOU a native? and I don't mean just born here. Everyone is soooooo ready to talk about how destructive the nutria are but how about you take a drive around the Portland area and see how many trees are cut down, rivers polluted, and wildlife habitats are RUINED just so us humans can have a ridiculously huge Mc Mansion in a sprawling housing development usually ironically named after whatever tree species was chopped down to build the houses.
I hear all the time how non-native species contribute to the decline of the native species. Yeah, it's ALL the nutrias' fault that you never see a beaver. Certainly not OUR fault - oh no!!!
But I realize that humans as an invasive species doesn't make a funny "hip" Mercury story.
I wish you would think before you write a story like this one that makes fun of an animal that through NO fault of it's own has become the object of intense hatred and cruel extermination practices.
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