In a number of countries, nutria fur is an important article of merchandise. For this reason the animal was imported and released into the United States. The first North Carolina nutria release was in 1941 near Buxton Woods on the Outer Banks. This was followed by a 1951 release in Northampton County and by one in 1953 on Bray Island in Currituck Sound. Trapping eventually proved unprofitable, because the fur did not compare well with foreign nutria. However, the nutria, with the appetite of a hungry goat and a face that only a mother could love, has become a most unwanted pest.