Hurricane Isaac has left an estimated 20,000 dead Nutria (aka coypu) littering the beaches of Mississippi.
"It's a terrible smell," David Garcia, mayor of Waveland in Hancock county, told WLOX-TV. "As this heat continues, they're just going to blow up and pop, making it even more of a health hazard."
Crews over the weekend started removing the nutria, aka swamp rats, though it's not an easy task.
"As they're picking them up, they're busting open," Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough told the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald.
A federal contractor with experience in hazardous waste has been brought in, but even a handful of its workers had quit Sunday morning, the Sun Herald reported.
Nutria, originally imported to Louisiana from Argentina by the McIlhenny Tabasco sauce family, can weigh as much as 20 pounds,but typically tip in at 14-18 pounds.
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