Frequently Asked Alligator Questions

1. How many alligators are in Louisiana?
Louisiana 's wild alligator population is estimated to be approaching 2 million animals. There are also over 300,000 alligators on alligator farms in Louisiana.
2. How do I report a nuisance alligator?
See Nuisance Alligators.
3. When is Louisiana's alligator season?
See Louisiana Wild Alligator Season.
4. How can I hunt alligators in Louisiana?
See Alligator Hunting.
5. How many alligators are harvested in Louisiana? What is their value?
Louisiana alligator hunters currently harvest more than 28,000 wild alligators, and farmers harvest more than 280,000 farm-raised alligators annually. Raw meat and hide values are estimated at more than $11 million for wild harvest and more than $46 million for farm harvest. (Note these values consist of raw meat and hides only and do not reflect hide values after tanning and product manufacturing, values associated with jobs, tourism, economy, etc. or egg values.)

Projects Funded Through State Wildlife Grants

Last updated: [June 18, 2009]

As of March, 2008, the LDWF has used its State Wildlife Grants to fund 65 projects covering a variety of species and habitats. Of these, 32 projects have been completed while 33 projects are ongoing. Below are summaries of closed and active projects.

Active Projects

The Wildlife Action Plan has four overarching goals. Below are summaries of typical, active projects for each of the four goals in the Wildlife Action Plan.

Goal 1 - Species Conservation. Identify, manage for, and conserve species identified as priority species of concern so as to preclude listing those species under the Endangered Species Act.

  • T-57. "Alligator Snapping Turtle Nesting Ecology" seeks to better understand the nesting and reproductive habitats of Alligator Snapping Turtles. Alligator Snapping Turtles appear to be declining in abundance. The University of Louisiana at Monroe is investigating turtle breeding ecology and attempting to develop regionally relevant management guidelines. Turtles are trapped, marked with radio transmitters, and followed through the nest season. Nest predators are being studied as well. Grant period: September 2007 - June 2010.
  • T-61. "Predictive Model for Mussel Diversity" seeks to create a computer model that will assist the LDWF in conserving freshwater mussels. The model will combine a variety of variables ranging from water quality to land usage surrounding the stream. The resulting model will allow LDWF to identify the most important streams to protect and aid permit review of development projects that may impact mussel streams. Grant period: September, 2007 - June, 2010.

Goal 2 - Habitat Conservation. Conserve, manage, and restore habitats that are essential to the continued survival of species of concern.

  • T-50. "A Study of Fish Fauna of Louisiana's Barrier Islands" seeks to compare natural and altered habitats of 3 major barrier island systems. This study will provide background data to improve habitat restoration projects. The study will also confirm or update the current status of 2 estuarine fish of conservation concern. Grant period: October 2006 - March 2010.
  • T-58. "Insect Assemblages on Rare Saline Prairies" builds on previous work by the LDWF describing one of the rarest habitats in the state. These prairies are mostly treeless with high-salt-content soils. The LDWF has identified 19 rare plants in these prairies along with 1 insect never before reported in Louisiana. This baseline data on insects using the prairies is important because insects are sensitive ecological indicators and can be used to monitor habitat restoration and management. Grant period: August, 2007 - July, 2010.

Goal 3 - Public Outreach and Education. Support efforts to improve understanding and support among the general public and conservation stakeholders regarding species of concern.

  • T-16. The "Louisiana Natural Areas Registry Program" has been one of the most successful efforts to engage the public in conservation. It aims to preserve the best remaining examples of our state's natural heritage. The program relies on citizen-based conservation and the willingness of landowners to safeguard critical habitats for the continued conservation of our biological diversity. Funded annually beginning July, 2003.
  • T-66, "Promotion of Prescribed Burning as a Management Tool" seeks to engage private landowners in conserving forest types that are naturally fire-maintained. Landowners, the Louisiana Office Of Forestry, and the LDWF are working together to restore fire-maintained habitats through cost-share agreements and technical assistance to landowners. Grant period: July, 2008 - June, 2010.

Goal 4 - Partnership Building. Improve partnerships among the LDWF and various stakeholders to improve conservation of species of concern.

  • T-73, "Louisiana Grassland Restoration" is a partnership between the LDWF, Quail Forever, and the Acadiana Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. This project seeks to restore native grasslands on Demonstration Farms, and to provide training to natural resource professionals in the establishment and cultivation of native grasslands. The goal is to restore up to 2,500 acres of native grasslands in Louisiana. Grant period: July, 2008 - June, 2010.
  • T-44. "Computer Information System" seeks to improve data sharing and analysis by conservation stakeholders. Tulane University is developing a prototype database using fisheries records that will assist in assessing population trends and identifying priority fishery habitats. Grant period: September, 2006 - June 2009

Ongoing and Closed Projects 

Coming soon. 

State Wildlife Grants Program in Louisiana

One of the primary purposes of this program is its focus on conservation actions to benefit species of greatest conservation need taking into consideration the relative level of funding available for the conservation of those species. The program provides a new source of funds to aid in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife species not typically managed by state fish and wildlife agencies. This funding is intended to supplement, not replace or duplicate, existing fish and wildlife programs.

To date, Louisiana has received $7,379,990 in funding under the State Wildlife Grant program. The FY 2009 for Louisiana was $876,032.

Guidelines for the use of SWG funds are based on the type of project being carried out and must follow the match requirements developed by Congress. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently revised the definition of a planning grant. Please review the following grant categories carefully and adjust proposals to include the appropriate match.

  • Planning grants include activities that update, modify, or revise a state's existing Wildlife Action Plan. This includes collection of public opinion information or input, coordination meetings, or other activities that strengthen collaboration among partners. All activities must support efforts to update, modify, or revise the state's Wildlife Action Plan. Planning activities are funded at the 75/25 match level.
  • Implementation grants include ongoing, continuing, or new research, inventories, on-the-ground management actions, land acquisition, facility construction, education, and most public outreach activities. Implementation activities are funded at the 50/50 match level.

The department has placed a priority on using SWG funds for projects which will benefit species of conservation concern that currently receive little to no funding (see links below). The department intends to emphasize species that are not commercially or recreationally hunted, trapped, or fished, or wildlife populations about which we have specific conservation concerns. To meet the legislative intent of the State Wildlife Grant program, the primary focus of the conservation strategy will be on non-game species, while retaining the flexibility to include other high priority conservation targets identified in the development of the comprehensive strategy.

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