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Beavers

Delta Journal
by Bob Thomas

There was a time in the 1960s when naturalists were excited to discover more and more beaver spoor (sign) appearing further south in Louisiana. During the 1940s and 1950s, many beaver (Castor canadaninses) were captured and relocated all over the state. Following a period of adjustment, the species has established many healthy colonies.

Nutria Itch

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Nutria itch, Delta Journal, Times-Picayune, November 11, 2007, C-11

Delta Journal
by Bob Thomas

Roundworms, better called nematodes, are among the most common critters on earth. It is said that if one could remove every speck of living and non-living material from the earth, leaving only nematodes, that one would still see a perfect outline of the planet, its mountains and valleys, and its inhabitants.

Manatee

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Florida Natives (Manatees) travel to Louisiana waters for summer, Louisiana Levant Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 17, June-July 2005.

In The Wild
by Bob Thomas

Bats

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Bats, Delta Journal, Times Picayune, P 1-27-08 C-9

The Cajuns call them souris-chaude and most people find them repugnant, more due to misinformation than truth.

Though bats are among our most interesting native citizens, locals believe bats true purpose in life is to become entangled in their hair, infest their homes with bedbugs, and give them rabies. The first two beliefs are absolutely false, and rabid bats are virtually unheard of in our area (though rabies is a serious issue and live bats should be handled with extreme care).