WOWNot new to some of us. Been around for decades along the gulf coast. They are a blast to shoot if you can get into the thick of them. Set off about 150-200 yards about an hour before dark with an accurate 17 hmr and scan the waters along levees and canals. Such fun. Like a poor-man’s PD hunt.
Gators get their share, but as thick as the gators are there are still not enough of them to do much control. Ground nutria meat used to be the prime food source for farm raised gators. Farmers would buy them from hunters and trappers. But then gators started getting sick. It was discovered that lead poisoning was the problem - from lead in the nutria meat. So that market was lost and fur trade has never rebound since the 80s. Population control is still a problem.I guess the Gators are eating good!