New ’gator regs helpers & eggs

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent to amend the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries alligator regulations at its Dec. 4 meeting.

The first amendment clarifies the definition of a helper. The notice of intent states that a helper is anyone who is licensed by the department to act as an authorized agent of a commercial alligator hunter in conducting alligator harvest activities. The helper may hunt independently of the commercial alligator hunter the helper is assigned to assist.

The helper’s license must include the name and license number of the commercial alligator hunter authorizing the licensing of the helper.

The second amendment would change the alligator return rate requirements. The notice of intent would allow alligator farmers to return alligators in the size range of 36 to 60 inches without any size specific quantity limitations. This new rule would mean each alligator must be released to the original egg collection area within two years and be between 36 and 60 inches in total length in order to be accepted for release.

To read the entire notice of intent, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/education/commissionactions.

Public comment on this issue may be submitted before Feb. 5 to Philip Bowman, Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 708989.

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