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A review of the literature on the worldwide distribution, spread of, and efforts to eradicate the coypu (Myocastor coypus)

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Abstract

We conducted a literature review of coypu (Myocastor coypus) introduction and eradication efforts worldwide. The coypu (also called nutria) has been introduced from its origins in South America to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. While perceived in some regions as a valuable resource, in most regions the animals are considered a pest species. Coypus have caused damage to water control structures, crops, and marsh systems and are considered a disease host. Eradication efforts have met with varying degrees of success. For those efforts to be successful, the coypu populations must be isolated to prevent reintroduction, harsh winters are necessary to reduce their populations, and intensive trapping efforts must be sustained until the last coypu has been removed.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A review of the literature on the worldwide distribution, spread of, and efforts to eradicate the coypu (Myocastor coypus)
Series title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume
30
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
p. 162-175
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
162
Last page:
175
Number of Pages:
14