The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has worked out an agreement which will allow the New Orleans couple to keep its pet nutria.   

LDWF Sec. Jack Montoucet said Friday the owners have applied for a permit and that LDWF has provided special conditions under which the nutria can remain with his owners.

The matter is ongoing and details of the permit are being finalized.      

The owners had previously been issued a citation for possession of a wild animal that is not permitted. Nutria are an invasive species with a population that has caused considerable damage to the state’s coastline, crops and marshes.

“I think this is a good conclusion for all sides,” Sec. Montoucet said.