In Henderson area, gators destroying hoop nets

Aug 14, 2012

Fishermen in the Henderson area said their hoop nets were falling victim to alligator overpopulation. The gators were finding easy prey in the fishermen's catch.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter says that after Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette explained the problem at a July town hall meeting in St. Martin Parish, he asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to check.

He says the corps found too many gators on some of its land and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries increased the number that could be killed there next year.

Vitter says he asked for a change this year, and the department and the corps agreed to issue more tags to the contract hunter who will hunt next month on land the corps owns on Bayou des Ourses.