First off, this is a nutria. They're native to South America and were introduced in the US in the 1930s to be raised for their pelts. However, since then they've become an invasive species. Their burrowing and voracious appetites lead to destruction of wetland habitat, to the point that hunters and trappers are paid around $5 for every nutria tail they bring in as proof that they've killed it. It was a living for trappers for awhile, but now it's tough to make a profit, with pelts fetching as little as $1. McCree hopes to revitalize the profession and protect the wetlands by making nutria fur desirable again.
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