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Tuesday, October 18 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
S4. Louisiana’s Alligator Management Program

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AUTHORS: Edmond C. Mouton Jr., Ruth M. Elsey, Jeb T. Linscombe - Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

ABSTRACT: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries manages the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) as a commercial, renewable natural resource. The Department’s sustained use program is one of the world’s most recognizable examples of a wildlife conservation success story, and has been used as a model for managing various crocodilian species throughout the world. The goals of the Department’s alligator program are to manage and conserve Louisiana’s alligators as part of the state’s wetland ecosystem, provide benefits to the species, its habitat and the other species of fish and wildlife associated with alligators. The basic philosophy was to develop a sustained use management program which, through regulated harvest, would provide long term benefits to the survival of the species, maintain its habitats, and provide significant economic benefits to the citizens of the state. Since the inception of the Department’s program in 1972, over 1 million wild alligators have been harvested, over 9 million alligator eggs have been collected from the wild, and over 5 million farm raised alligators have been sold bringing in millions of dollars of revenue to landowners, trappers and farmers. Conservative estimates have valued these resources at over one billion dollars over the years providing significant, direct economic benefit to the citizens of Louisiana. This presentation will briefly review the federal government’s oversight and approval role for management of the alligator, discusses wild, farm and nuisance alligator programs as well as research activities.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Louisiana Room

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