When most hunters think of delicious wild game, nutria rats are not the first thing that come to mind.
However, if you can get past their ugly appearance, these invasive critters make surprisingly good table fare. The meat is low in cholesterol, high in protein, and looks similar to rabbit meat or dark turkey meat.
Watch the video to learn one way to prepare nutria rats for the table.
Nutria rats were originally imported to the United States to be farmed for their fur. Escapees from farms and deliberately-released animals took hold and established a breeding population in Louisiana. They’ve consequently spread across the southern United States.
Like many other non-native species, nutria rats wreak havoc on the native vegetation and threaten the livelihood of native wildlife. The animals’ voracious appetite also threatens marshes by stripping them of the vegetation that holds them in place.
Bounties and other control methods have kept the nutria rat from taking over, but, at least for the time being, it looks like they are here to stay. Might as well start stocking up on game recipes for the nutria rats, with that being the case.