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Wildly clouts an unwanted creature (6)

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I believe the answer is:

locust

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'an unwanted creature' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both animals as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe you can see an association between them that I don't see?

'wildly clouts' is the wordplay.
'wildly' indicates anagramming the letters.
'clouts' anagrammed gives 'LOCUST'.

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(Other definitions for locust that I've seen before include "Destructive insect; tree" , "Swarming grasshopper" , "Destructive creature" , "Predatory grasshopper that swarms" , "It strips plants" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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