2019 LDWF Alligator Regulations - Page 35



copy of the fully executed alligator egg collection permit. The designated
collection agent must also possess a valid designated collection agent permit.
Violation of this Subparagraph is a Class Three violation as described in Title
56.
e. Collection of wild alligator eggs can only be made after contacting
the appropriate regional supervisor of the Enforcement Division no less than
24 hours prior to each collection trip. Violation of this Subparagraph is a Class
Three violation as described in Title 56.
f. Alligator eggs can only be collected from the wild from official
sunrise to official sunset and only during the established alligator egg
collection season and shall not exceed the number on his alligator egg
collection permit. Violation of this Subparagraph is a Class Four violation as
described in Title 56.
g. Alligator eggs collected from the wild must be collected and
transported in a manner which insures the greatest survival of viable eggs as
determined by department biologists. Violation of this Subparagraph is a Class
Three violation as described in Title 56.
h. Failure to hatch at least 70 percent of viable alligator eggs collected
from the wild shall be considered a waste of Louisiana's natural resources. All
alligator egg collection permits shall be revoked and no new permits issued
should an alligator farmer be found to waste the resources of this state for two
consecutive years.
i. Alligator egg collection permits shall be revoked and no new
permits issued to alligator farmers who fail to average a minimum hatchling
survival rate of 85 percent for two consecutive years.
j. The alligator egg collection permittee and the landowner are
responsible for the return of the percentage of live alligators to the wild
described on the alligator egg collection permit. This requirement is
nontransferable. Minimum return rates will be based upon the state average
hatching success which is 78 percent. In no case shall the return rate be less
than 10 percent at 48 inches total length. Each alligator shall be returned to the
original egg collection area within a maximum time of two years from date of
hatching. Each alligator shall be a minimum of 36 inches and a maximum of
60 inches (no alligator over 60 inches total length will be accepted for release)
in total length and the returned sex ratio should contain at least 50 percent
females. The alligator egg collection permittee/landowner are responsible for
and must compensate in kind for alligator mortality which occurs for
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