June 28th, 2013
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(Via WAFB) Americans have been looking for healthier alternatives to red meat for years. Sometime, those alternatives become popular, like bison and ostrich.

But would you sink your teeth into a rodent known to be a major pest around the world? Maybe not, but one Louisiana man thinks your dog would.

Hansel Harlan has been producing Marsh Dog Wild Nutria dog biscuits for about a year. Its primary ingredient is the nutria, an otter-like mammal that’s destroyed a great deal of Louisiana wetlands. Harlan, who began making his own pet food after his dogs came down with allergies, turned to nutria as a healthier alternative.

According to the Marsh Dog website, nutria meat has more protein and less fat than chicken or turkey, and contains no artificial hormones.

But does it taste good? Watch the above video to see one reporter try a nutria jerky that’s “safe for humans,” and learn more about nutria meat. Then let us know below if you would give nutria meat a try.

Eat them before they eat everything!
Andrew Zimmern sent us a picture of his nutria

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  1. sb53

    While we're at it, let's throw some bugs in too. My dogs and cats loved spiders, flies, and moths.

    June 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  2. Thinking things through

    My cats have sometimes been known to eat mice, so I don't see why not feed them nutria if it is available. Would I try it? I've tried most everything once (maybe not mice, but I've eaten squirrel, which is really quite good), so why not, at least once.

    June 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  3. Weeds

    Call it a water squirrel and all the good 'ol boys will be out hunting them critters

    June 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  4. JR

    Who would eat rodent meat???

    I mean like the rabbit I eat??

    Or the squirrel's that almost every show of duck hunters show eating some?

    Next thing you know you'll want to eat BOVINE meat!!!!!

    June 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  5. USA

    Yuck :-(

    June 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  6. JT

    Just don't tell him it's rodent meat. If he finds out that he's supposed to kill/eat a pest he will ignore it. If it's something I want him to avoid it becomes irresistable!

    June 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  7. JC

    Rodent meat! My dog would never touch that. He prefers eating his own feces.

    June 28, 2013 at 10:10 am |
    • I Know Right

      Coprophagia FTW!!!

      June 28, 2013 at 10:22 am |
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      June 28, 2013 at 10:53 am |
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