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10:33 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State Wildlife Refuges To Remain Open During Govt. Shutdown

State wildlife and fisheries regulators say Louisiana's wildlife management areas and refuges will remain open during the federal government shutdown that affects similar federal properties.

As deer and resident small game hunting seasons open this week, state officials say Louisiana hunters can access nearly 1.5 million acres of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries-managed public hunting areas.

To learn what is available, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma .

Red River Radio
10:28 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Shreveport State Lawmaker Wants New Way To Kill Aquatic Weeds

Louisiana Rep. Patrick Williams (D-Shreveport) is trying to draw attention to the invasive aquatic weed giant salvinia that continues to clog many waterways in the state. He invited the inventor of the "WaterMower" to address the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment during a May 8 hearing. Williams said his constituents want to see results that go beyond chemical sprays and weed eating weevils raised in university research labs.

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Elmer's Island Refuge
10:42 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Portions of Elmer's Island to Open

State wildlife and fisheries regulators have temporarily opened a section of beach along the Elmer's Island Refuge.

The open section will include the area at the end of the access road and continue about a half-mile to the east. Road access will open 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset seven days a week.

Officials said Tuesday that the temporary opening will be assessed after 10 days, and is subject to reconsideration.

Areas that will remain closed will be clearly marked.

Shrimp Season
12:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Shrimp Season to Close in Some La. Inside Waters

Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that fall shrimp season will close Friday in all state inside waters east of the Mississippi River — except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

The department said in a news release Tuesday that it extended the season in December. But current sampling by department biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in the affected waters is smaller than 100 count per pound.

The closure provides an opportunity for the small white shrimp to reach larger, more valuable sizes.

Latest News
9:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Caney Creek Reservoir Meeting on Jan. 21

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing Jan. 21 on marine life and vegetation in the Caney Creek Reservoir.

The department developed a management plan for the reservoir in 2006, focusing on fisheries management and vegetation control.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the conference center at Jimmie Davis State Park in Chatham.

Presentations are planned on the results of recent sampling at the reservoir.

Severe Weather
5:03 am
Fri January 11, 2013

High Water Closes Pearl River WMA to Most Hunting

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says high water is closing most hunting seasons in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area. They'll close Friday, with only the waterfowl season remaining open.

It says the season will remain closed until the Pearl River drops below 16.5 feet at the St. Tammany Parish town of Pearl River.

The gate at Old U.S. Highway 11, a primary access point to the wildlife management area, will remain closed until the water recedes and all roads and bridges are determined safe for vehicle passage.

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BP Oil Spill
11:52 am
Tue January 8, 2013

State Buys Wetlands with Oil Spill Settlement Funds

The state has acquired more than 11,000 acres of wetlands in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes as part of a conservation project funded by a settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana said Monday that the $6.7 million purchase of the forested wetlands on the north shore of Lake Maurepas is funded by MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, which was a minority partner in BP's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Latest News
11:24 am
Wed December 26, 2012

LDWF Offers Online Renewal for Commercial Licenses

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says commercial licenses can now be renewed online.

People who have commercial licenses from the department can renew them at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses.

Until now, commercial licenses could be renewed only by mail or in person at the department's office in Baton Rouge.

The department says the new choice is both more convenient for customers and lets the department provide quicker service.

Environment
2:10 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

28 Endangered Whooping Cranes Now Wild in La.

Twenty-eight endangered whooping cranes now live in the wild in southwest Louisiana.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 14 youngsters brought to Gueydan on Nov. 29 were released Monday. They join 14 adults — two released in early 2011 and 12 released late last year in the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish.

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Shrimp Season
12:10 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

La. Announces End of Shrimp Season in Some Areas

Louisiana's fall shrimp season is closing in most state inside waters.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said last week that the season would close for most inside waters at sunset Tuesday to let white shrimp grow larger and more valuable.

On Monday, he set closing Dec. 30 in parts of Lake Pelto and Terrebonne and Timbalier bays where the fall inshore season had been briefly extended.

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