Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso is leading the charge against the fee which became policy on May 1st of this year.
“It is very hard to believe that this protocol is allowable in our great state,” Ourso details in a hard-nosed missive penned to Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet.
Ourso continues his blast: “For a trapper to demand ‘cash payment’ for a public service is totally unacceptable. The wildlife belongs to the state of Louisiana and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is the responsible party for managing nuisance wildlife.”
Louisiana’s alligator industry is awash in both meat and hide leading to low prices across the board for trappers and farmers.
Prior to the May 1st policy change, Louisiana allowed gator trappers to charge $30 to aggrieved residents who wanted creatures measuring under 6 feet removed.
We’ll follow this story as it develops. And if you have an alligator on your land be respectful of the creature. A mature alligator can run up to 35mph; that is a footrace you are doomed to lose.
Want to report a nuisance alligator?
Baton Rouge: 225-765-2811
Lake Charles: 337-491-2575
New Iberia: 337-373-0032
Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department: 337-775-5111 (Cameron Parish Residents Only)
Operation Game Thief: 800-442-2511