Wildlife

Alligator Industry Participants

Commercial Alligator Skin Tanneries

France Croco

22 RUE Beaure Paire

75010 Paris France

Tel: 33 1 4206 1354

Fax: 33 1 4238 3174

Jacques Lewkowicz

 

Faggioli

Via Trasvolatiori Atlantici 34B/C/E Interno 2

44124 Chiesuol del Fosso Italy

 

American Tanning & Leather Company

Christine Plott Redd – Sales and Marketing Director

730 Pimento Avenue, Building A

Griffin, GA 30224

Tel: (770) 228-4433 – extension 205

Fax: (770) 228-8229

http://www.amtan.com/

E-mail: cpr@amtan.com

 

Altraco

318/10-22 soi Sukhumit 22

Sukumuit Road Klongtoey

Bangkok 10110, Thailand

 

Reptile Tannery of Louisiana (R.T.L.)

105 Dorset Avenue

Lafayette, LA 70501

Tel: (337) 237-2895

Fax: (337) 237-9989

E-mail: rachel.guidry@hcp-rtl.com

 

Chek Hong Leather

No. 2 Chagi South St. 1

Singapore 486797

Tel: (65) 65453500

Fax: (65) 65459097

E-mail: chlcpl@singnet.com.sg

 

TCIM

33 Avenue De Wagram

75017 Paris France

Tel: 0033-1-58563600

Fax: 0033-1-58563601

 

Gator Trade

Via Pietro Marocco N-17

20027 Milano Italy

 

Caravel

Ernst Merck Str. 12-14

20029 Hamburg, Germany

 

Italven Pelli

62015 Monte San Giusto

Via Macerata, 31-35 Italy

http://www.italvenpelli.it/

Tel: 39 0733 539798

Fax: 39 0733 530242

 

Henglong Leather

50 Defu Lane 7

Singapore 539356

Tel: 62822622 

Fax: 62848209

 

Sebring Custom Tanning

429 Webster Turn Drive

Sebring Airport

Sebring, FL 33870

Tel: (863) 655-1600

Fax: (863) 655-3332

E-mail: sebcu@strato.net

 

Pan American Leathers, Inc.

48 Pleasant Ave.

Johnstown, NY 12905

Contact-Abram Mendal

E-mail- info@panamleathers.com

web: www.panamleathers.com

Sales office:

Pan American Leathers, Inc.

325 West 38th Street, Suite 1001

New York, NY 10018

Tel: (978) 741-4150

Fax: (781) 479-0736

Revised: May 17, 2013

Louisiana Alligator Dealers

See list of dealers
Printable Dealer List

Louisiana Alligator Farmers





ALLEN, TIMOTHY P O BOX 206, HOUMA  70361- 985-879-3528 APACHE LOUISIANA MINERALS
BERTHELOT, DANIEL 22206 HWY 22, MAUREPAS  70449- 225-695-6477 GATORWORLD INC
CAMPBELL, ROBERT 200 WISE LANE, WINNSBORO  71295- 318-723-4350 SAUROS INC
CAPERS, MARTY 577 CAPERS ROAD, OAK GROVE  71263- 318-428-3637  
COATS, LEONARD P O BOX 95, SPRINGFIELD  70462- 225-294-3271 COATS ALLIGATOR FARM
DAVES, JOHN P O BOX 442, ST JOSEPH  71366- 318-467-2039  
DOMANGUE, ARCHIE 305 LIRETTE STREET, HOUMA  70360- 985-852-1713  
DOMANGUE, TIMOTHY 125 GATOR COURT, GIBSON  70356- 985-575-2133 GREENWOOD GATOR FARM LLC
DONALD, JEFF 907 CHENIERE DREW RD, WEST MONROE  71291- 318-450-5236 DONALD FARMS INC
FALGOUT, TED 720 HAMILTON ST, LAROSE  70373- 985-632-4239 T-BOIS AQUACULTURE
FLETCHER, MAURICE P O BOX 156, MATHEWS  70375-0156 985-532-5355  
FULLER, JAMES P O BOX 245, DUBACH  71235-0245 318-265-7878 FULLER GATOR FARM INC
KELLER, DON 9034 S VIGNES, BATON ROUGE  70817- 225-753-4510 COCODRIE FARMS INC
KLIEBERT, HARVEY 41067 W YELLOW WATER RD, HAMMOND  70403- 985-345-3617  
KLUMPP, MARSHALL 863 GATOR RD, BASILE  70515- 337-432-5860 TEPETATE GATOR CORP
LEBLANC, LYLE 1308 BULL RUN ROAD, SCHRIEVER  70395- 985-856-4100 LEGATORS
LEDET, DANE 130 DANECO COURT, HOUMA  70360- 985-853-0275 DANECO
LEGE, PEGGY 18436 PRAIRIE ROAD, ABBEVILLE  70510- 337-893-7694 LEGE GATOR FARM
MCANDREW, STEELE P O BOX 477, WASHINGTON  70589- 337-826-5631 LA ALLIGATOR INDUSTRIES INC
MCCRORY, ALONZO 39104 MCCRORY LANE, PONCHATOULA  70454- 985-386-8356  
PALMISANO, CALVIN 131 JOHNSON LANE, BELLE CHASSE  70037- 504-656-7780  
PRICE, JOHN P O BOX 3399, COVINGTON  70434- 985-892-3669 INSTA-GATOR CORP
RAGUSA, MIKE P O BOX 2892, HAMMOND  70404- 985-320-4709 CIRCLE M RANCH  INC
SAGRERA, CRAIG 12906 COMMUNITY ROAD, ABBEVILLE  70510- 337-893-7709 COASTAL GATOR FARM INC
SAGRERA, KEVIN 13036 PUMPING PLANT ROAD, ABBEVILLE  70510- 337-893-7709 ABBIGATOR INC
SAVOIE, GERALD 16124 HWY 3235, CUTOFF  70345- 985-632-6605  
SHIRLEY, MARK 8632 MEADOW LANE, ABBEVILLE  70510- 337-898-4335  
SIMPSON, BOBBY 1671 WES WILHITE ROAD, DOWNSVILLE  71234- 318-343-4044 BOBBY'S ALLIGATOR FARM
STELLY, RAYWOOD 25201 SOUTH LA HWY 82, KAPLAN  70548- 337-642-5548  
WALL, ALLEN 26900 HWY 1037, SPRINGFIELD  70462- 225-294-6052 WALL'S GATOR FARM LLC
WALL, BARRY 25773 HWY 42, HOLDEN  70744- 225-294-4859  
WALL, CHRIS 26192 HWY 42, HOLDEN  70744- 225-294-3605 C & M GATOR FARM

Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council

http://www.alligatorfur.com/alligator/alligator.htm

Louisiana Alligator Farmers and Ranchers Association

1105 W. Port
Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 898-4335
(337) 898-4309 (fax)

Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association

http://www.louisianatrappers.com
P.O. Box 335
DeQuincy, LA 70633
(337) 786-2691
(337) 786-0127 (fax)

Potential Guides for Alligator Sport Hunters

 

Dan Hidalgo
Acadiane’ Expeditions
www.alligator-hunts.com
15223 Highway 182
Franklin, LA 70538
337-828-7504 phone
337-828-7508 fax

James “Reggie” Little
359 Country Ridge Road #17
Opelousas, LA 70570
337-948-7364 phone
337-351-5798 cell

Ricky Canik
150 Canik Road
Grand Chenier, LA 70643
337-588-4650 phone

Steve Loupe
145 Boras Lane
Des Allemands, LA 70030
985-758-2526 phone

Dan Davis
1607 Coral Drive
Houma, LA 70360
985-876-6813 phone
985-637-5127 cell

Todd Oalman
119 Oalman Lane
Madisonville, LA 70447
985-542-4018 phone

Raymond Fonesca
283 Highway 631
Des Allemands, LA 70030
985-758-7454 phone

Jady Regard
www.bourbelake.com
1415 Easy Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
337-321-4201 phone

Scott Henry
160 Smith Circle
Cameron, LA 70631
337-794-1661 phone

Jimmie Toups
297 West 54th Street
Cutoff, LA 70345
985-632-3557 phone

Arthur Matherne
4262 Hwy 90 East
Des Allemands, LA 70030
985-758-5531 phone
1-800-975-9345 phone
 info@airboattours.com

Chris S. Winter Sr.
P.O. Box635
Lafitte, LA 70067
504-615-0963 phone
504-689-3863 fax
504-615-0963 cell
sstevem7@bellsouth.net

Chris Gomez
4283 Bayou Black Dr.
Houma, LA 70360
985-790-4433 phone
www.alligatorhuntla.com

Bayou Taxidermy & Hunting
David Cavaretta
225-791-4208 phone
225-405-4683 cell
scavaretta@cox.net
Provost Adventures Corp.
Charlie Provost
Creole, LA
830-739-8321 phone
charlie@provostadventures.com
Julius “Trip” Daigle
P.O. Box282

Paincourtville, LA 70391
985-665-6494 cell
tripdaigle@yahoo.com

Belle Isle LLC
Attn: John DeBlieux
P.O. Box3301
Houma, LA 70361
985-850-1226 phone
jdeblieux@chetm.com

AtchafalayaAlligator Hunts, LLC
Gregory Hedges
Pierre Part, La.
985-227-6827 cell
atchafalayaalligatorhunts@yahoo.com

Wax Bayou Hunting Club
Josh Fogarty
504-621-5400 phone
www.WaxBayouHC.com
Fogarty.Josh@gmail.com

Guided Ventures
Charlie LeDoux
1530 Goos Ferry Road
Moss Bluff, La. 70611
337-515-HUNT (4868)
cthedoux@yahoo.com
www.guidedventures.com

Louisiana Marsh Adventures LLC.
16015 Hwy. 15
Braithwaite. LA 70040
504-684-3432 phone
louisianamarshadventures.com
tours@louisianamarshadventures.com

 

 

Nuisance Alligator Contacts

Contact Information for Reporting Nuisance Alligators

 

Office             Phone Number

Alexandria     318-487-5885

Baton Rouge     225-765-2811

Lake Charles     337-491-2575

Minden         318-371-3050

Monroe         318-343-4044

New Iberia     337-373-0032

New Orleans     504-284-5269

Opelousas     337-948-0255

Rockefeller     337-538-2276

Thibodaux     985-447-0821

Cameron Parish Sheriff Department 337-775-5111
(Cameron Parish Residents Only)

Operation Game Thief    1-800-442-5211
 

Alligator Hunting Contacts

Contacts for Private Lands Alligator Harvest Administrators

LDWF CNR Division, Baton Rouge Office LDWF Wildlife Division, Minden Private Lands
P.O. Box 98000 (mailing address) 9961 Hwy 80
2000 Quail Drive (physical address) Minden, La. 71055
Baton Rouge, La. 70898-9000 phone 318-371-3050
Michael Dupuis Biologist #1: Jeffery Taverner, jtaverner@wlf.la.gov
phone 225-763-5492 Biologist #2: Chase McPherson, bmcpherson@wlf.la.gov
mdupuis@wlf.la.gov    
   
   
LDWF CNR Division, New Iberia LDWF Wildlife Division, Monroe Private Lands
2415 Darnall Road 368 CenturyLink Drive
New Iberia, La. 70560 Monroe, La. 71203
Lance Campbell or Jeb Linscombe phone 318-343-4044
phone 337-373-0032 Biologist #1: John Hanks, jhanks@wlf.la.gov
ljcampbell@wlf.la.gov or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov Biologist #2: vacant
   
   
LDWF CNR Division, New Orleans LDWF Wildlife Division, Opelousas Private Lands
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210 5652 Hwy. 182
New Orleans, La. 70122 Opelousas, La. 70570
Vaughan McDonald Travis Dufour
phone 504-284-5269 phone 337-948-0255
vmcdonald@wlf.la.gov tdufour@wlf.la.gov
   
   
LDWF CNR Division, Rockefeller Refuge LDWF Wildlife Division, Pineville Private Lands
5476 Grand Chenier Hwy. 1995 Shreveport Hwy.
Grand Chenier, La. 70643 Pineville, La. 71360
Leisa Nunez or Scooter Trosclair phone 318-487-5885
phone 337-538-2276 Biologist #1: David Hayden, dhayden@wlf.la.gov
lnunez@wlf.la.gov or ptrosclair@wlf.la.gov Biologist #2: David Breithaupt, dbreithaupt@wlf.la.gov
  Biologist #3: Cliff Dailey, adailey@wlf.la.gov
   
LDWF Wildlife Division, Lake Charles Private Lands  
1213 N. Lakeshore Drive  
Lake Charles, La. 70601  
Kori Legleu  
phone 337-491-2575  
klegleu@wlf.la.gov  

Contacts for Public Areas with Alligator Harvests

LDWF CNR Division, Coastal Operations LDWF Wildlife Division, GCP East
2415 Darnall Road 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr.
New Iberia, La. 70560 Hammond, La. 70403
Todd Baker Christian Winslow
phone 337-373-0032 phone 985-543-4782
tbaker@wlf.la.gov cwinslow@wlf.la.gov
   
   
LDWF CNR Division, Rockefeller Refuge LDWF Wildlife Division, MAV North
5476 Grand Chenier Hwy. 368 CenturyLink Drive
Grand Chenier, La. 70643 Monroe, La. 71203
Guthrie Perry Jerry Owens
phone 337-538-2276 phone 318-343-4044
gperry@wlf.la.gov jowens@wlf.la.gov
   
   
LDWF CNR Division, White Lake WCA LDWF Wildlife Division, MAV South
710 West Prien Lake Road - Suite 202A 5652 Hwy. 182
Lake Charles, La. 70601 Opelousas, La. 70570
Wayne Sweeney Tony Vidrine
phone 337-479-1894 phone 337-948-0255
sweeneykw@bellsouth.net tvidrine@wlf.la.gov
   
   
LDWF Wildlife Division, GCP West (Minden) USFWS, Mandalay NWR
9961 Hwy 80 3599 Bayou Black Drive
Minden, La. 71055 Houma, La. 70360
Czerny Newland Paul Yakupzack or Paul Provence
phone 318-371-3050 phone 985-853-1078
cnewland@wlf.la.gov paul_yakupzack@fws.gov or paul_provence@fws.gov
   
   
LDWF Wildlife Division, GCP West (Lake Charles) USFWS, Southwest La. NWR Complex
1213 N. Lakeshore Drive 1428 Hwy. 27
Lake Charles, La. 70601 Bell City, La. 70630
Wendell Smith Donald Voros
phone 337-491-2599 phone 337-598-2216
wsmith@wlf.la.gov don_voros@fws.gov
   
   
   
Notes:  
CNR - Coastal and Nongame Resources  
WCA - Wetlands Conservation Area  
GCP - Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion  
MAV - Mississippi Alluvial Valley Ecoregion  
   
April 2011  

Alligator Program E-mail Address:

laalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov

Nuisance Alligators

Louisiana’s Nuisance Alligator Program

Program Overview

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) licenses a statewide network of nuisance alligator hunters (approximately 65 hunters) to capture nuisance alligators.  The Department receives over 2,200 nuisance alligator complaints annually.  Approximately 3,000 nuisance alligators are harvested and an additional number of smaller sized nuisance alligators are relocated annually.  The nuisance alligator program continues to strive to minimize alligator and human conflicts.  

What is considered a nuisance alligator?

Not all alligators are considered nuisance alligators.  The mere presence of an alligator does not qualify it as a nuisance, even if it is located in an unexpected place.  Most alligators, if left alone, will move on.  Alligators less than 4 feet in length are naturally fearful of humans and are generally not a threat to pets, livestock or humans.  Alligators at least 4 feet in length that present a threat to pets, livestock or humans are considered “nuisance” alligators.  The following information should help you determine if an alligator may pose a threat to you, your pets/livestock or your property.  If, after reading the following, you determine that an alligator is a "nuisance”, please see “How can I report a nuisance alligator?” below.

Determine Whether an Alligator is a Nuisance

Some of the following information was taken from the “If You See an Alligator…” portion of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website (www.tpwd.state.tx.us).

  • If the alligator is not approaching people or otherwise posing an obvious threat, wait a few days if possible - even up to a week - before contacting LDWF. In spring and summer, alligators are moving to breed or find new habitat. Most of the alligators moving around are smaller ones that have been pushed out of their normal habitat by larger alligators. Usually, these smaller alligators will move further on in a week or two.
  • If you hear an alligator hiss, it's a warning that you are too close.
  • Alligators have a natural fear of humans, and usually begin a quick retreat when approached by people. If you have a close encounter with an alligator a few yards away, back away slowly. It is extremely rare for wild alligators to chase people, but they can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances on land. Never make the mistake of thinking that an alligator is slow and lethargic. Alligators are extremely quick and agile and will defend themselves when cornered. A female protecting her nest might charge a person who gets close to the nest, but she would quickly return to the nest after the intruder left.
  • It is not uncommon for alligators to bask along the banks of a pond or stream for extended periods of time. These alligators are usually warming their bodies; they are not actively hunting. Oftentimes a basking alligator may be seen with its mouth open; this is a way to cool its body temperature down, since alligators do not pant or sweat. An approaching human should cause these alligators to retreat into the water. (In some cases, the alligator may be protecting a nest - see below.) However, an alligator may be considered a nuisance if it leaves the banks of the water body to spend time near homes, livestock pens, or other structures.
  • If you walk near the water and an alligator comes straight toward you, especially if it comes out of the water, it is definitely a nuisance alligator that needs to be reported to LDWF. In many cases, these are alligators that have lost their fear of humans.  This can be caused by feeding alligators (intentionally or unintentionally) or other reasons.
  • If you see an alligator while walking a pet make sure that your pet is on a leash and under your control. Your pet will naturally be curious, and the alligator may see it as an easy food source. Alligators have a keen sense of smell. In areas near alligator sightings it is wise to keep pets inside a fenced area or in the house for a few days, during which the alligator will often move on.
  • If you see an alligator in a roadway, yard or other unexpected place, DO NOT attempt to move it! It is not only illegal for the general public to handle or possess alligators but can also be dangerous.
  • If you see a large alligator in your favorite swimming hole or pond, do not swim with it. Although alligator attacks in Louisiana are rare, it can happen. The "attack" reports in Louisiana are usually more accurately described as "encounters." As with all outdoor activities, realize that wildlife encounters are a possibility.
  • It is not uncommon for alligators to pursue top-water fishing lures or floats (bobbers, corks), and this activity does not constitute a threat to humans. As with fish, alligators are attracted to these lures because they mimic natural food. Most alligators can be easily scared away from boats or fishing lures. However, alligators that repeatedly follow boats, canoes, or other watercraft, and/or maintain a close distance without submersing may be considered nuisance alligators.

How can I report a nuisance alligator?

Anyone experiencing problems with nuisance alligators may contact any Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries office to make a nuisance alligator complaint.  The LDWF office will record pertinent information and supply that person with a nuisance alligator complaint number and the name and contact information of the nuisance alligator hunter for your area.  You will then contact the nuisance alligator hunter and provide him/her the necessary information.  The nuisance alligator hunter should respond within 24 hours (less in an emergency situation).  Nuisance alligator hunters may charge up to $30 per complaint for removal of nuisance alligators less than 6’.  In most cases alligators less than 4’ are not considered a nuisance or threat to welfare of pets, livestock or humans.

DOs and DON'Ts for Living with Alligators

Some of the following information was taken from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website (www.tpwd.state.tx.us), adapted from "Living with Alligators,"(Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, www.myfwc.com).

 

Don’t - kill, harass, molest or attempt to move alligators. State law prohibits such actions, and the potential for being bitten or injured by a provoked alligator is high.

Don’t- allow small children to play by themselves in or around water.

Don’t- swim at night or during dusk or dawn when alligators most actively feed.

Don’t- feed or entice alligators. Alligators overcome their natural shyness and become accustomed or attracted to humans when fed.

Don’t- throw fish scraps into the water or leave them on shore. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators, the end result can be the same.

Don’t- remove any alligators from their natural habitat or accept one as a pet. It is a violation of state law to do so. Alligators do not become tame in captivity and handling even small ones may result in bites. In particular, never go near hatchling/young alligators or pick them up. They may seem cute and harmless, but the mother alligator will be nearby, and will protect her clutch for at least two years.

Do- call your local LDWF office if you encounter a nuisance gator that has lost its fear of people.

 

Do- closely supervise children when playing in or around water.

Do- use ordinary common sense and precautions. Swim only during daylight hours.

Do- inform others that feeding alligators creates safety problems for others who want to use the water for recreational purposes.

Do- dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at most boat ramps or fish camps.

 

Do- enjoy viewing and photographing wild alligators from a safe distance of at least 50 feet or more. Remember that they're an important part of Louisiana's natural history, as well as an integral component of many wetland ecosystems.

Alligator Hunting

 

Private Lands

A resident alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issues harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest. Alligator hunters apply for alligator tags prior to the season. An alligator hunter license applicant must submit the following:

  • a completed alligator hunter license application form including the hunter's information (name, dob, drivers license #, etc.),
  • proof of property ownership (tax receipts or bill of sale) containing Parish, Township, Range, Section and acreage information,
  • a map outlining the property to be hunted, and
  • a landowner's signature indicating permission for the hunter to harvest alligators on the property.
  • If applicable a legal alligator hunting lease may be submitted.

Individuals interested in obtaining alligator harvest information on private lands (what is considered alligator habitat, does my property qualify for alligator tags, requirements, etc.) should contact the corresponding office/biologist responsible for administering alligator harvests on private lands for the parish in which the property is located (see map and contact information).

 
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Resident alligator hunting licenses cost $25 and there is no cost for alligator tags.

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands or public lands/lakes can harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

Non-residents can only harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

A guide must be an alligator hunter possessing tags. An alligator Sport Hunter License cost $25 for Louisiana residents and $150 for non-residents.

Public Lands and Lakes

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands may be able to harvest alligators on public lands or lakes.

There are many public lands and lakes available for alligator harvest opportunities.  These public lands/lakes are managed by many different entities ranging from local parish governments to federal governmental agencies.  Methods in which alligator hunters are chosen for these areas include bidding and lotteries. 

The lottery alligator harvest program provides the opportunity for over 300 resident alligator hunters to harvest approximately 800 alligators on almost 40 WMAs/public lakes located throughout the state. 

Lottery alligator harvest applications become available mid to late May of each year and lists all available WMAs/public lakes.  See Lottery Alligator Harvest Program for additional lottery alligator harvest program information

Individuals interested in obtaining specific public land/lake alligator harvest information (selection methods, requirements, availability, etc.) should contact the corresponding office responsible for that particular public land/lake (see map and contact information).

 
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Resident alligator hunting licenses cost $25 and there is no cost for alligator tags issued to non-lottery alligator hunters.  Lottery alligator hunters may be required to pay a set fee per alligator tag issued.  These fees are in lieu of payments normally made to the Department for the value of alligators harvested.

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands or public lands/lakes can harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

Non-residents can only harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

A guide must be an alligator hunter possessing tags. An alligator Sport Hunter License cost $25 for Louisiana residents and $150 for non-residents.

Alligator Program

History

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Department) manages the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) as a commercial, renewable natural resource. The goals of the Department's alligator program are to manage and conserve Louisiana's alligators as part of the state's wetland ecosystem, provide benefits to the species, its habitat and the other species of fish and wildlife associated with alligators. The basic philosophy was to develop a sustained use management program which, through regulated harvest, would provide long term benefits to the survival of the species, maintain its habitats, and provide significant economic benefits to landowners, alligator farmers and alligator hunters. Since Louisiana's coastal alligator habitats are primarily privately owned (approximately 81%), our sustained use management program provides direct economic benefit and incentive to private landowners, and alligator hunters/farmers who lease land, to protect the alligator and to protect, maintain, and enhance the alligator's wetland habitats.

The Department's sustained use program is one of the world's most recognizable examples of a wildlife conservation success story. Louisiana's program has been used as a model for managing various crocodilian species throughout the world. Since the inception of the Department's program in 1972, over 810,000 wild alligators have been harvested, over 6.5 million alligator eggs have been collected, and over 3.5 million farm raised alligators have been sold bringing in millions of dollars of revenue to landowners, trappers and farmers. Conservative estimates have valued these resources at over $704,000,000, providing significant, direct economic benefit to Louisiana.

Commercial trade in alligators is regulated through the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). While the alligator is not endangered or threatened anywhere in the U.S., it is listed on Appendix II of CITES due to its similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilian species. CITES requirements are implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). On an annual basis the Department must provide to the USFWS a "finding of no detriment" stating that Louisiana's harvest and export of alligators are not detrimental to the survival of the species.

The Department's alligator program can be separated into three categories: wild alligator management, alligator farming/ranching program and nuisance alligator program.

Responsibilities

Louisiana's wild alligator management program involves:

  • annual coastal nest surveys to index populations
  • calculate 50+ wild alligator harvest quotas
  • execute the annual wild alligator harvest
  • collect, analyze, and interpret necessary data,
  • provide technical assistance to landowners and hunters
  • ensure compliance with CITES and USFWS requirements
  • conduct necessary research activities

Louisiana's alligator farming/ranching program involves:

  • monitor compliance with farm facility requirements
  • facilitate alligator egg collections; set egg harvest quotas and issue permits
  • verify/account for farm inventories and harvest tags
  • process farm-raised alligators for release into wild
  • inspect live alligator and alligator hide shipments
  • collect, analyze and interpret necessary data
  • provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers
  • ensure compliance with CITES and USFWS requirements

Louisiana's nuisance alligator program involves:

  • minimize/alleviate alligator/human conflicts
  • manage a statewide network of nuisance alligator hunters
  • receive and process nuisance alligator complaints
  • assign complaints to nuisance hunters
  • ensure hunter compliance with nuisance alligator policy
  • review and analyze nuisance alligator complaints and harvest data annually

Statewide Environmental Investigations

Statewide Environmental Investigations is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Habitat Section. Statewide Environmental Investigations is authorized under the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act and is partially funded by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant.

Technical Assistance

Statewide Environmental Investigations' staff is responsible for reviewing and providing technical comments and mitigation recommendations on all permit applications from state and federal environmental regulatory agencies. Staff members review and comment on approximately 1,600 state and federal permit applications annually. Staff-generated comments and recommendations are designed to avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate adverse impacts to Louisiana's fish and wildlife resources. By working with environmental regulatory agencies to incorporate these recommendations into plans or into permit conditions, fish and wildlife habitat losses are avoided, minimized, and/or fully compensated for. As a result, sustainable fish and wildlife communities are conserved.

Statewide Environmental Investigations' staff collaborates with numerous federal, state, and local environmental regulatory agencies, including, but not limited to,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and LDWF's Natural and Scenic Rivers Program. Additionally, staff provides technical assistance to the general public upon request.

Mitigation Banking

Statewide Environmental Investigations' staff also represent LDWF on two mitigation bank Interagency Review Teams (IRT) chaired separately by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans District and Vicksburg District. The purpose of the IRT is to provide regulatory review, approval, and oversight of mitigation banks. Mitigation banks are wetlands, streams, or other aquatic resource areas that have been restored, established, enhanced, or preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources. In addition to LDWF and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the IRTs are comprised of representatives from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries Service (New Orleans District only), and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (New Orleans District only).

Oyster Leasing Areas

Statewide Environmental Investigations also assists in protecting all private oyster grounds and their lessees. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, staff review and approve oyster lease assessments submitted by project applicants prior to the initiation of activities affecting state water bottoms under lease to private parties for oyster production.At the request of Statewide Environmental Investigations' staff, a project applicant can be required to modify the project if the proposed location unnecessarily impacts oyster reef habitat.

Contacts

Kyle Balkum, Biologist Program Manager - 225-765-2819 or kbalkum@wlf.la.gov
Keith Cascio, Biologist Manager - 318-343-4045 or kcascio@wlf.la.gov 
Chris Davis, Biologist - 225-765-2642 or rcdavis@wlf.la.gov 
Dave Butler, Permits Coordinator - 225-763-3595 or dbutler@wlf.la.gov

State Wildlife Grant Program in Louisiana

The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program was created by federal legislation in November 2001. The SWG program was established "for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished”, with the goal of preventing species from being federally listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The inclusion of species that are not hunted or fished is one crucial aspect of the SWG program, as many of these species previously had no existing source of funding. In fact, the SWG program has now become the primary federal funding source for non-game conservation nationwide. Another crucial aspect of the SWG program is the focus on proactive conservation measures designed to preclude future ESA listings. This is important, as conservation is often more effective and efficient before species undergo declines sufficient to warrant ESA action.

Congress stipulated that each state fish and wildlife agency that wished to participate in the SWG program develop a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. In response, LDWF developed a comprehensive planning document to establish conservation needs and guide the use of SWG grant funds for the next 10 years. This document, known as the Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), was submitted for approval to the National Advisory Acceptance Team in October 2005 and subsequently approved in December. The WAP is the roadmap for non-game conservation in Louisiana, and must be reviewed and revised every ten years to insure that it remains an effective tool for conservation planning and implementation. For more information see the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan page.

The SWG program is funded by annual Congressional appropriations. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) apportions these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies based on the land area and population of each state. Since the inception of the SWG program, the state of Louisiana has received $10,678,752 in federal SWG funding, with an apportionment of $708,882 in fiscal year 2011-2012. State Wildlife Grants can be for either implementation of the WAP, or for planning purposes. Planning grants must directly support efforts to modify, revise, or update the WAP; implementation grants encompass all other eligible activities, including the collection of biological data to support planning efforts.

Louisiana has funded 106 projects through the State Wildlife Grants program to date. Funded SWG projects have included biological inventories, ecological research projects, habitat assessment, habitat management, and the development and maintenance of databases.  A wide range of species have benefited from SWG funding in Louisiana, including the Louisiana Black Bear, Bald Eagle, Whooping Crane, Swallow-Tailed Kite, Alligator Snapping Turtle, Mississippi Diamondbacked Terrapin, Calcasieu Painted Crawfish, Louisiana Pearlshell Mussel, and Painted Bunting. For more information on completed and ongoing grants see the Louisiana State Wildlife Grant Projects page.

State Wildlife Grant proposals are accepted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on an annual basis in the spring, and include projects developed by LDWF personnel, non-governmental organizations, and universities. State Wildlife Grant proposals are reviewed by LDWF's SWG Committee, consisting of 17 biologists, including representatives from both the Office of Wildlife and Office of Fisheries.

For more information about the State Wildlife Grants Program in Louisiana, contact SWG Coordinator Sam Holcomb (sholcomb@wlf.la.gov).

 

Camp Beauregard

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana National Guard
Acreage: 
12,500 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050

Description:
Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area is primarily located in northeast Rapides Parish with some acreage in southeast Grant Parish. The area lies approximately eight miles north of Alexandria.
Camp Beauregard is 12,500 acres and is owned by the Louisiana National Guard. The primary use is as a troop training facility. The Louisiana National Guard also manages the timber for commercial production.
The terrain is characterized by gently rolling hills in the upland areas. The Flagon Creek bottom is a frequently flooded hardwood area of about 800 acres. The upland overstory is dominated by pine plantations. There are scattered hardwoods in the hills. Water oak, post oak, hickory, red oak and sweetgum are the most common species in creek bottom areas. The Flagon bottom is a typical bottomland forest with cypress, overcup oak and bitter pecan the dominant overstory species.
The understory development in the upland area varies considerably depending on the degree of overstory closure. Some plantations that have not been recently thinned have little if any understory. Those areas with good understory development support French mulberry, blackberry, greenbrier, yaupon, trumpet creeper, rattan and other browse plants. The Flagon bottom has swamp privet, water elm, mayhaw and swamp snowbell as the more common understory plants.
Game species available for hunting include squirrel, turkey, deer, rabbits, quail, dove, wood duck and woodcock. The only endangered species known to occur on the area is the red-cockaded woodpecker. However, at this time no known active colonies are present.
The areas first function is as a military reservation, therefore there are special regulations applying to use of Camp Beauregard WMA. An annual permit is required as is checking in and out of self-clearing stations on a daily basis. Limited camping is allowed by reservation only. Call (318) 641-3365 for questions about camping. General information is available from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1995 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA 71360.

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