What's that animal swimming in Lake Ballinger?

Nutria, an invasive type of non-native aquatic rodent, has reportedly been observed in Lake Ballinger. Nutria are not native to North America and were introduced along the Gulf Coast in the 1940s. Nutria have been found in Lake Washington and could reach Lake Ballinger. Should nutria be found at Lake Ballinger, the city will work with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to control and remove them. Report a nutria sighting to the Stormwater Program Manager at 425-744-6226.

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1. What's that animal swimming in Lake Ballinger?
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