LDWF Closes Additional Access Roadways on Dewey Wills W.M.A.

Release Date: 05/16/2011

May 16, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed that portion of Hunt Road on Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from the Diversion Canal south, effective immediately, due to floodwater impacts.

This closure is in addition to the May 13 closure of Muddy Bayou Road from Saline Bayou, eastward to Nolan Bayou Road, and Sandy Bayou Road southward from Highway 28, within the LaSalle Parish WMA.

The access road closures are being implemented in the interest of public and employee safety and to provide undisturbed refuge for wildlife species seeking high ground as flood waters rise.

The closure is necessary due to rising backwater from the Red River, associated with the record Mississippi River water levels. These roads will remain closed until further notice.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For emergency updates from the State of Louisiana, visit emergency.louisiana.gov or follow along on Twitter at @GOHSEP and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gohsep.

Lottery Alligator Harvest Program


Lottery alligator harvests were originally conducted on public lakes only. The lottery alligator harvest program began to incorporate WMAs in 2008 by providing the opportunity for 90 hunters to harvest 270 alligators on 9 WMAs located in south Louisiana. The program has continued to expand and currently provides the opportunity for over 325 resident alligator hunters to harvest approximately 850 alligators on over 40 WMAs/public lakes located throughout the state.  In order to increase the chance of previous year unsuccessful applicants and new applicants to be selected, the Department has incorporated a preference system for 2012 for the lottery alligator harvest program.  Lottery alligator harvest applications submitted from 2011 forward will be included in preference system assessments.  Successful applicants will continue to be selected by random computer drawing by August of each year.  Lottery alligator harvest applications become available mid to late May of each year and lists all available WMAs/public lakes.  When available, lottery applications can be found online.

Application Requirements/Completion for Lottery Alligator Harvests

Applicants must be Louisiana residents, at least 16 years of age and comply with hunter education requirements (see Hunter Education Requirements below for specifics). Applications must be filled out completely and returned/postmarked by the date indicated on the application (usually around the first week of July). Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $5 check or money order made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife Division WMA or Wildlife Division Public Lakes) may be submitted per person. An applicant may only apply for one WMA/public lake.

Hunter Education Requirements

Persons born on or after September 1, 1969 must have successfully completed an approved hunter education course OR be under the direct supervision of a person: 1) who was born before September 1, 1969 and who has a valid hunting license or 2) who is at least 18 years old and has successfully completed an approved hunter education course.

What are the chances of being selected for lottery alligator harvests on a specific WMA or public lake?

The chance of being selected to participate in the lottery alligator harvest (applicant success rate) varies tremendously by specific WMA or public lake. Applicant success rates by WMA or public lake are linked below.

Successful Lottery Alligator Harvest Applicants


Selected Applicants



Public Lakes

1) will receive the number of alligator tags indicated



2) must purchase a resident alligator hunting license ($25)

3) must pay a set fee per alligator tag issued (~$40 per tag)


4) must appear in person at a designated time and location to receive harvest tags, hunter license and specific instructions

5) must sign and abide by alligator hunting agreement

6) must follow all LDWF and all applicable WMA/public lake rules, regulations and ordinances

7) must report alligator harvest information to LDWF

Indicates this item applies, N/A – not applicable

LDWF Reminds Residents to be Mindful of Wildlife Displaced by Flooding

Release Date: 05/13/2011

May 13, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds the public to be mindful of wildlife species forced into populated areas by flood waters from the Mississippi River and spillways.

Rising waters force wildlife from flooded habitat into adjacent residential and commercial areas where they may come into contact with residents. LDWF urges citizens to minimize contact with animals while they seek temporary refuge from their flooded home range.

Wild animals not posing a threat to humans should be left alone and should not be fed. Feeding wild animals will encourage those animals to remain in the vicinity of a new food source when they should be allowed to find natural habitat and food sources on their own.

Basic Tips:

  • Avoid areas where displaced wildlife has taken refuge.
  • Avoid interaction with and do not feed displaced wildlife.
  • Avoid roadways near flooded areas to reduce likelihood of disturbance and collisions with wildlife.

Species of Concern:

Black Bears: The Louisiana black bear remains on the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List. The black bear is a species of concern during a flood incident, when high water moves bears out of their habitat within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. For assistance with black bears that may be forced into populated areas by flood waters, call 1-800-442-2511 toll free.

Alligators, Snakes: Flood waters will carry reptiles into populated areas where they may not normally be noted in significant numbers. Following the impact of flood waters, exercise extreme caution when salvaging possessions from flooded areas. Wildlife, especially reptiles, may remain in flooded areas and pose a safety threat.

Poisonous snake species in Louisiana include the canebrake rattlesnake, the copperhead, the cottonmouth, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the harlequin coral snake, the pygmy rattlesnake and the Texas coral snake. For more information on snake species found in Louisiana, including frequently asked questions, visit LDWF's website at this link: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/resource/snakes-louisiana.

Deer, Feral Hogs: Deer and feral hog populations within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley represent the two large quadruped species that may appear in populated areas in significant numbers as flood waters move wild animals out of natural habitat. As is the case with all wild animals, how these species will react to humans in close contact situations is unpredictable. LDWF recommends allowing these species, when sighted individually or in groups, to move unimpeded through flooded areas as they seek higher ground.

For assistance with these, or any other wildlife species, that endanger human health or safety, call the following LDWF field offices at:

  • Baton Rouge 225-765-2800
  • Hammond 985-543-4777
  • Monroe 318-343-4044
  • New Iberia 337-373-0032
  • Opelousas 337-948-0255
  • Pineville 318-487-5885

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For emergency updates from the State of Louisiana, visit emergency.louisiana.gov or follow along on Twitter at @GOHSEP and Facebook at www.facebook.com/gohsep.

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