Katrina Weakened, But Didn’t Wipe Out, Invasive Rodents

Hurricane Katrina’s path of destruction dealt at least a temporary setback to the nutria, the South American rodent species that is devouring wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico, according to experts.

Scientists believe decades of wetlands loss in the Gulf region–due in part to the voracious appetites of the rodents–made Hurricane Katrina’s destruction worse.