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Nuisance Nutria and Beavers

Daytime Take

During daylight hours, landowners or their designees may remove nutria and beavers causing damage to their property without a special permit. Nutria may be removed by any means; legal methods for beavers include water set traps and firearms.

Nighttime Take

Landowners or their designees must follow additional regulations for nighttime take of nutria and beavers. On private property, the landowner, or his lessee or agent with the landowner’s written permission and contact information in his possession, may take nutria and beavers from one-half hour after official sunset on the last day of February to one-half hour after official sunset the last day of August of that same year. They must have an Outlaw Quadruped, Nutria, and Beaver Night Take Permit to take nutria and beavers at night from September 1 of each year through the last day of February of the following year.

Legal methods for nighttime take include any legal firearm which may be used with or without the aid of artificial light, infrared, or laser sighting devices or night vision devices. Sound suppressors on the firearm(s) are permitted, but anyone using such a weapon must have a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in their possession.

Anyone taking part in these activities at night must notify the sheriff’s office in the parish in which the property is located and LDWF’s Law Enforcement Division (800.442.2511) 24 hours in advance of any such activity.

 

You may not sell any nuisance beaver or nutria trapped or shot outside open trapping season. You must have a trapping license to sell or pelt nuisance beavers or nutria taken during open trapping season.
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Contact your regional LDWF office for more information.