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This is a story about an invader from the wild kingdom giant rodents and now in the Florida Keys check out the size of these -- -- and rafts.
Some of them weigh as much as nine pounds were told.
How did they get there.
Let's talk about with Scott Harden exotic species coordinator for -- fat fish and wildlife conservation commission.
These things were released in the Florida Keys by a breeder.
Well that's what we think we think somewhere around ten years ago there was a breeder who either release them or they -- And about 45 years later residents noticed these large rats running around grassy key in in the middle -- and so we had to get to work we have large rats in the New York City subways this takes a large to a whole other level.
This is no ordinary rat we don't see the -- pounders in Florida that we commonly see three to four pounders so.
You would not mistake it for any other -- that you've seen before they are close to the size of an average house cap or they can get that -- as I understand.
They can get that bacon some of the residents have told us that these -- and -- stress of actually entered pit doors to get -- and believe me the -- Stay back when that happens I you have that would not be an exciting thing to see in my house we'll tell you that so you thought you got rid of them at one point.
We've been working real hard we trapped for a couple of years and had gotten to the point where we just were catching anymore so we thought yeah we had it under control.
And then about a year and a half ago -- there -- this tell us they were back so we had to get back on the saying I guess the good news is they are located in the Florida Keys which you know surrounded by water and so forth they're not too many places they can go.
Unless they hitch a ride right.
It's a garage isn't really a concern for us they they don't have a room any room in the keys to store they're trash so it all goes to the mainland and -- are feared that if these guys it's around and -- trash truck.
They get up there there's plenty of room to expand and a ton of vegetable and fruit.
Agriculture going on and we really don't want to see that happen.
Now I can I can him -- and here that let's hope let's hope you feel -- fairly confident you can keep them where they are or -- the ones that are out there.
Yeah we're we're real confident I mean it gets complicated because these -- really like to be around people's houses like that's where they can found the fresh water that's where they can hide.
So we are working in many cases in people's backyards but we think we're down to a dozen or so we'll stay -- that Barack I'll come help you get -- got -- thank you.
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