2019 LDWF Alligator Regulations - Page 12



must be returned to the wild when appropriate. Selection of the release site and
time of year of the release shall be accomplished only after consultation with
and in agreement with biological staff of Coastal and Nongame Resources
Division.
h. The shipment of alligator eggs out of state is prohibited except
where special scientific permits have been obtained in advance from the
department which specify all such shipments. Violation of this Subparagraph is
a Class Four violation as described in Title 56.
i. No person, firm, or corporation shall transport into this state or
possess whole alligator(s) with skin on, alligator parts or alligator skins/hides
unless that person, firm or corporation is a Louisiana licensed alligator parts
dealer or fur dealer and is in immediate possession of an alligator parts
dealer’s license or fur dealer’s license, except that a copy of such license shall
be sufficient during transportation only. Persons, firms or corporations
violating this Subparagraph shall be subject to the penalties as provided in
Title 56:34, a Class Four violation; except that when such a violation involves
alligator parts only, such offenses shall be subject to the penalties as provided
in Title 56:32, a Class Two violation.
j. It is unlawful to ship alligator eggs into the state of Louisiana
unless they are to be used for department sponsored scientific studies and these
shipments shall have prior written department approval. Violation of this
Subparagraph is a Class Four violation as described in Title 56.
k. The shipment of live alligators or alligator eggs out of the United
States is strictly prohibited unless they are used for department sponsored
scientific studies with an accompanying authorization signed by the secretary.
The transfer of ownership of live alligators out of their natural range for
commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. However, this Subparagraph does
not prohibit a licensed Louisiana alligator farm from raising alligators of
Louisiana origin in a nonrange state provided the nonrange farm is in complete
compliance with all applicable state(s) and federal regulations. Violation of
this Subparagraph is a Class Three violation as described in Title 56.
l. There is levied a severance tax of $0.25 on each alligator hide
taken from within the state, payable to the state through the department by the
alligator hunter or alligator farmer shipping or taking his own catch out of
state, or shipping to an instate taxidermist, or by the dealer shipping skins or
hides out of state or tanning alligator skins in Louisiana. Violation of this
Subparagraph is a Class Two violation as described in Title 56.
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