A Mississippi Rat-a-tat-a-ttack!

September 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM (animal activism, climate studies, curious research, current news, environmental issues, health care reviews, human life issues, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)

This particular situation is a total mess, and I am not sure that my cats would care for it!  True, rats are involved.  Yet, as the spoiled little things that they are, I believe that they would turn up their noses quickly, while making possibly displeased gestures and attempts to extend middle-front claws at me!

It seems that a particularly displeasing incident has occurred along the coastal areas of Mississippi.  It’s region along The Gulf of Mexico is in the midst of a cleaning effort, dealing with an unusually creepy mess!  Dead rats by the thousands have washed ashore after the recent onslaught of Hurricane Isaac.

The beach regions of Hancock County are where the majority of the rat carcasses have been found.  Many already are on the beaches.  Authorities expect that more than 10,000 of the dead animals will have washed inland by the time the rodent-filled waves finish!

This incident of rodent-laced water flows is similar to what happened during a wash-in after Hurricane Gustav of 2008.  Rat-like rodents called nutria, also called coypu, are descendants of rodents that were imported to the Mississippi River Delta region of Louisiana during the 1930’s, coming from South America.  Now, they have made an invasive feral population boom within this area.  Thousands of nutria now live along the point where North America’s longest river flows into The Gulf of Mexico.

Hancock County officials have said that the arrival of the dead rodents is a health problem.  These authorities have sought the assistance of The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in assessing the situation, and with removing all of the rat carcasses.  Meanwhile, authorities of Bay St. Louis, MS and Waveland, MS have closed coastal roads, as efforts to remove the rats, and any related rubbish, are being made.




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