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LDWF Postpones Opening of the WMA Lottery Alligator Season on Four WMAs

Release Date: 09/04/2012

Sept. 4, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the 2012 Wild Alligator Lottery Season on Pearl River, Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas due to continuing impacts from Hurricane Isaac.  The previously scheduled opening on Saturday, September 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.

For more information on alligator season on these WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in the Hammond Field Office at 985-543-4781 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

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.

LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

Release Date: 09/04/2012

LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

(Sept. 4, 2012) – Effective immediately, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced an emergency closure of a portion of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches.  This action is taken in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, who will assist with the investigation to determine the extent, source, and impacts of the oil in the environment. 

The area affected by this emergency closure includes the portion of state outside waters seaward a distance of one mile from the shoreline from the eastern shore of Belle Pass at 90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude eastward to the western shore of Caminada Pass at 90 degrees 02 minutes 46.6 seconds west longitude.

All commercial and recreational fishing is prohibited within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling.  The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. 

In addition to this closure, certain areas are still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

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Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/04/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 6, 2012, in the Main Auditorium in the C.B. Pennington Jr Building (Conference Center) at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808.

The following items will be discussed:

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of August 2, 2012

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/August

5. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the 2012 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program

6. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the Special Bait Dealer Permit Program

7.Obtain public comment on 2013 Wild Turkey Season Notices of Intent

8.Set January Commission Meeting Date

9.Receive Public Comments

10. Adjournment

 

LDWF Reopening Lake Ramsey WMA Sept. 4

Release Date: 09/03/2012

 

Sept. 3, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen Lake Ramsey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Tammany Parish on Sept. 4. Lake Ramsey had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish); Manchac (St. John the Baptist Parish); Maurepas Swamp (Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes); and Pearl River (St. Tammany Parish).

Habitat and facility damage assessments are ongoing at sites still closed to determine storm impacts.  

For more information on state WMAs, contact Kenny Ribbeck at 225-765-2346 or  kribbeck@wlf.la.gov. For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.

 

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LDWF Advises Residents to Remain Alert for Wildlife Displaced by Flooding

Release Date: 09/01/2012

 

Sept. 1, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising the public to be alert for wildlife species forced into populated areas by flood waters resulting from Hurricane Isaac.

Rising waters can move 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 when encountering wildlife include:

  • Avoid areas where displaced wildlife has taken refuge.
  • Avoid interaction with and do not feed displaced wildlife.
  • Reduce vehicle speed on roadways near flooded areas to avoid collisions with wildlife fleeing floodwaters.

Alligators, Snakes: 
Flood waters will carry reptiles into populated areas where they may not normally be noted in significant numbers. Residents should 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 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.

Black Bears: 
The Louisiana black bear remains on the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List. Black bears are not common in the areas of the state impacted by Hurricane Issac flooding, but could be displaced from their preferred habitat by flooding.

For emergency situations involving alligators, black bears and deer that present an immediate threat to public safety, call 1-800-442-2511 for assistance. 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.

 

 

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LDWF WMAs and Refuges Reopening Sept. 1, Habitat Damage Assessment Continues

Release Date: 08/31/2012

Aug. 31, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen 21 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) and refuges on Sept. 1. All had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall. Flood waters and access roads blocked by storm debris are still preventing site openings in some areas.

Sites opening Sept. 1 include: The Acadiana Conservation Corridor, Atchafalaya Delta, Attakapas, Biloxi, Grassy Lake, Hutchinson Creek, Lake Boeuf, Marsh Island, Pass a Loutre, Pointe au Chenes (except Point Farms area), Pomme de Terre, Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge (except East End boat launch construction area), Salvador-Timken, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou, State WMA, Tangipahoa, Thistlethwaite, Tunica Hills and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.

Sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges: Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish); Lake Ramsey (St. Tammany Parish); Manchac (St. John the Baptist Parish); Maurepas Swamp (Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes); and Pearl River (St. Tammany Parish).

The Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge is closed due to storm impacts, but will reopen on Sept. 4.

Habitat and facility damage assessments are ongoing at sites impacted by storm winds and rain, and the public is advised to proceed with caution when accessing WMAs and refuges by boat or vehicle.

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.

ELMER'S ISLAND TO REMAIN CLOSED

Release Date: 08/31/2012

Aug. 31, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, will remain closed to the public until further notice.

The access road connecting La. Hwy. 1 to the refuge beach area has undergone significant damage as a result of Hurricane Isaac.  

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 more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-721-0489.

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LDWF Confirms Alligator Harvest Season Opening Sept. 1 in East Zone, Sept. 5 in West Zone

Release Date: 08/30/2012

 

Aug. 30, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has confirmed the Saturday, Sept. 1 east zone opening of the 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season and the Wednesday, Sept. 5 west zone opening. 

Due to storm impacts created by Hurricane Isaac, hunters in some areas may not be able to harvest alligators until floodwaters recede and power is restored. Prior to beginning any harvest effort, alligator hunters are advised to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators.  Hunters should also use extreme caution when returning to flooded wetland areas to harvest alligators.

For a zone map and complete list of parishes within the east and west zones go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting .

For more information on alligator season, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or nkinler@wlf.la.gov. 

 

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LDWF Agents Rescue More Than 1,500 in Aftermath of Hurricane Isaac

Release Date: 08/30/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. - As of 9 a.m., Aug. 30, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents had rescued 1,537 people in St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes since yesterday afternoon, Aug. 29.

LDWF agents worked around the clock evacuating residents to higher ground from rising floodwaters.

Louisiana's Joint Information Center is placing photos from the search and rescue millions that took place in LaPlace yesterday afternoon and this morning online using the photo sharing site Flickr. These photos are courtesy of LDWF.

The following is a breakdown of rescues by parish.

  • St. John the Baptist Parish: 1,435 people and 131 pets using 50 agents with vessels
  • St. Tammany Parish: 60 people and one pet using 10 agents with vessels
  • Tangipahoa Parish: 42 people and 17 pets using six agents with vessels

"These agents have done a commendable job of working through very tough conditions and getting people out of harm's way to higher ground," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division. "Our agents are highly trained and prepared to handle these catastrophic events and have plenty of experience since Katrina. We will continue to handle search and rescue requests and respond to people that are in need of assistance."

Through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, LDWF is the lead agency for search and rescue operations during natural disasters. LDWF has over 200 agents with vessels at the ready to assist those in need during flooding conditions.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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.

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LDWF Closes Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 08/28/2012

 Aug. 28, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish in advance of landfall of Hurricane Isaac.

With this closure, 27 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) and refuges are now closed until further notice.

In addition to the Rockefeller site, the following areas are also closed: The Acadiana Conservation Corridor, Atchafalaya Delta, Attakapas, Biloxi, Elm Hall, Grassy Lake, Hutchinson Creek, Joyce, Lake Boeuf, Lake Ramsey, Manchac, Marsh Island, Maurepas Swamp, Pass a Loutre, Pearl River, Pointe au Chenes, Pomme de Terre, Salvador-Timken, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou, State WMA, Tangipahoa, Thistlethwaite, Tunica Hills and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.

All areas designated as closed will remain closed until further notice.  For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

For more information contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

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