Season Extended, Nuisance Gator Assistance Available
of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)
has signed a declaration of emergency under the authority
of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission that will
extend the 2005 alligator season until Oct. 30 due to hurricanes
Katrina and Rita.
is an effort to help the many alligator hunters in the hurricane
damaged areas who have been displaced and have had alligator
harvest efforts delayed. Hunters are reminded to coordinate
their harvest activity with their local alligator buyers or
processors as they may have been affected by the hurricanes
wishing to have an alligator removed from private property,
can call 337-373-0032 for assistance. The New Iberia Fur and
Refuge Division office will dispatch personnel to relocate
nuisance alligators that may have been displaced by storm
LDWF will allow hunters who lost their alligator tags and
licenses due to the impacts of hurricanes Katrina and Rita
to reapply in writing to LDWF for replacement tags and licenses.
The application can be in letter form and must confirm that
the tags and licenses were lost due to the impacts of hurricanes
Katrina or Rita. The letter can be sent to the New Iberia
Office at 2415 Darnall Road, New Iberia, LA 70560.
alligator tags are issued, the original harvest tags cannot
be used. All unused tags must be returned to LDWF within 15
days following the close of the season. All lost or stolen
tags must also be reported to LDWF.