WAVELAND, Miss. — Crews are pitchforking dead nutria into front-end loaders on beaches in southern Mississippi.
The Sun Herald reports that an estimated 16,000 to 18,000 of the semiaquatic, rat-like rodents and other dead animals washed up in Hancock County up after drowning in Hurricane Isaac's storm surge.
A federal contractor, U.S. Environmental Services, will dump the bodies in a landfill rated to take household garbage.
Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough says county crews tried to deal with a similar problem after Hurricane Gustav and many workers got sick.
Meanwhile in Florida's panhandle, residents there are dealing with a smelly problem of their own.
In Palm Beach County, dead and rotting fish are washing ashore. People say they've had enough of the situation, and they want more help cleaning it up.
County officials say they've picked up most of the fish, but they don't have enough manpower to handle it all, so the residents will have to pick up some of the slack.