Nutria Incentive Program

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for the Coastwide Nutria Control Program for the 2004-05 trapping season which will open November 20 and run through March 31. Registered participants from the previous trapping season must re-apply.

The goal of the Coastwide Nutria Control Program is to reduce or eliminate damage to Louisiana’s wetlands caused by nutria by increasing the annual harvest up to 400,000 animals. In order to increase the harvest, registered participants will receive $4 for each nutria tail brought to official collection locations along Louisiana's coast. Last trapping season the program was successful in increasing the harvest of nutria to 332,596.

To register, an applicant must obtain a valid Louisiana trapping license, complete the Coastwide Nutria Control Program application and obtain permission from a landowner or land manager with property in the program area. The program area is bounded on the north by Interstate 10, from the Texas state line to Baton Rouge, Interstate 12 from Baton Rouge to Slidell, and Interstate 10 from Slidell to the Mississippi state line. A complete legal property description of the property to be trapped/hunted and a map outlining the property boundaries must be sent along with the completed application. Applications are available from the following locations: LDWF regional offices, Natural Resources Conservation Service offices, LSU AgCenter Extension offices, or can be obtained online at www.nutria.com/site19.gsp. Questions regarding the program may be directed to Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at 337/373-0032