Over the past several months, LID 15’s board has been working to address the invasive nutria issue. Generally, there are two effective options – trapping and poison. The board chose to trap.
The traps being used are not designed to kill the animals. The company trapping the animals check the cages weekly and release the nutria into areas where they can not damage ours, or other, levees or preserved wetlands areas.
Nutria is more than a nuisance animal, as their burrows can cause stability issues with the levee. They also eviscerate valuable wetlands vegetation that LID 15 is legally required to maintain under federal law. The board chose to treat the animals humanely, but due to potential risks to the levee, wetlands, and your public health and safety, they must be removed from the area.
Over the past month, numerous traps have been tampered with, stolen, and broken. The cost to replace the traps, as well as the additional labor involved with the extended trapping, results in additional costs to taxpayers. We ask for your help in leaving the traps in place to ensure the integrity of the LID facilities and to minimize the cost to taxpayers. If you see anyone interfering with traps, please feel free to report it on the LID 15 website or to the HOA. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.