2019 LDWF Alligator Regulations - Page 3



TITLE 76
WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
PART V. WILD QUADRUPEDS AND WILD BIRDS
Chapter 7. Alligators
§701.
Alligator Regulations
A. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries does hereby establish
regulations governing the harvest of wild populations of alligators and
alligator eggs, raising and propagation of farmed alligators, tanning of skins
and regulations governing the selling of hides, alligator parts and farm raised
alligators. The administrative responsibility for these alligator programs shall
rest with the department secretary; the assistant secretary, Office of Wildlife;
and the Coastal and Nongame Resources Division.
1. Purpose. These regulations are to govern the taking, possession,
selling, raising and propagation of alligators statewide, both in the wild and in
captivity. They are enacted to prevent depletion or waste, while enhancing
utilization of this renewable resource. These regulations are based upon
scientific study and population monitoring and are consistent with federal
requirements to qualify alligators and alligator parts from Louisiana for
international export under the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Alligators in Louisiana
are not endangered but their similarity of appearance to endangered
crocodilian species requires controls on commerce to minimize illegal
trafficking of these species and to regulate and maintain the wild population of
alligators. These regulations provide rules to enhance alligator farming
operations; establish the methods of alligator harvest; establish minimum
facility requirements for alligator farming; regulate commerce in alligators,
eggs and parts; streamline necessary reporting requirements; and, establish a
regulated nuisance alligator control program.
2. Definitions. The following words and phrases for purposes of these
regulations shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section, unless the
context wherein the particular word or phrase is used clearly indicates a
different meaning:
AlligatorAmerican alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).
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