From the San Francisco Chronicle – The pesky 3-foot-long, buck-toothed nutria is getting the better of California. The large rodent is chewing up rivers and wetlands and threatening to mow down farmland and infrastructure, and the state is struggling to contain it. The animal’s dizzying rate of reproduction doesn’t help: A single female has been known to give rise to 100 offspring in a year. Relief may be on the way. On Friday, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill that offers a financial boost for California’s fledgling effort to stop the invasion. And the assistance couldn’t have come soon enough. State wildlife teams are at a critical juncture in their battle to keep the burrowing nutria from undermining roads, canals and water supplies at several spots in the Central Valley, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. (more).