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News: 2005

Alligator Season Extended, Nuisance Gator Assistance Available
Posted: 10/3/05

The secretary 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.

This extension 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 as well.

Anyone 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 activity.

Also, 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.

Once replacement 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.

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