Aug. 23, 2016 -- Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge will begin its annual nuisance alligator harvest Sept. 7, 2016. During the harvest period, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the refuge to the public each day until 10 a.m.
After 10 a.m., the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize recreational areas until official sunset each day.
The delayed openings will be in effect for seven days or until all alligator trappers have utilized their tags for this controlled harvest.
The refuge, spanning 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes, provides recreational fishing opportunities for shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, largemouth bass and other species.
Rockefeller is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually. Located at the terminus of the vast Mississippi Flyway, south Louisiana winters about four million waterfowl annually. The refuge provides high quality wetlands habitat for ducks, geese, shorebirds and wading birds.
For more information on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov or contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000.