Guest Posted April 21, 2006 Share Posted April 21, 2006 I have a client who has a battle that could have easily been caused by PETA as not, though likely not. Some folks a while back though it would be fun, smart, profitable or for whatever reason to import Nutria to the Pacific Northwest and farm them for their fur. Heard this before right? I wasn't able to locate it but a while back I was one of many that circulated a story [rural myth?] about a guy who was sued by the Dept. of Ecology for building an illegal Dam on his property. It was a Beaver Dam of course and they had failed to get the propper permits before building thier Dam Domicile. I thought it was very funny and, even if true, an appropriate story of governmental abuse. Not funny now for one of my clients. I'm designing a large Gazebo/Pagoda for her to hold weddings, parties and other events for hire. Her property backs up on a Class A wetland controlled by the Power Company [their Right-of-Way] and the State Ecology Dept. They have treeaten to file a Law suite for her cutting trees in the Wetland on the Power Co. R/W and her own property. She had noticed a few small trees here and there being "cut" but its a wet and wild area she pays no attention to. The "Cities" out here are sometimes quite wild and this was in the back of her horse pasture land. Seems some of those furry Nutria's had taken up residency and set up shop, which like Beavers, means cutting their daily supply of trees and shrubs, which by-the-way they want her to plant to offset "her" damaging the wetland. Desert for them she call it. I'm not makeing this up!! A most interesting discussion over fur with a female client eh?? Staying on the FUR subject. This was talked about with my client just yesterday!! I only half joking suggest she trap them. State funds are available for trapping the new "Nutria Threat" but of course the left hand does not talk to the right hand. One State Agency wants to sue her while the other will give her money. I make her aware of this in a very serious vien. She asks me what Nutria is like? Architects know everything so clients think. She reminds me a lot of Rita Rudner [a favorite comedian] and her delivery is fantastic. It's hard not to break out laughing at times. Particularly when she talks about putting it to her former husband. I tell her the guard hair is very spikey but the under hair is like sheared Beaver and there are enough of them she could make a great fur spread. Her face lights up. "Maybe for the Honeymoon Suite? They could have a very nice furry first night?" OFF Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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