NUTRIA INCENTIVE PROGRAM ENDS WITH 375,683 HARVESTED

Release Date: 05/14/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) annual Coastwide Nutria Control Program concluded its 2006-07 season on March 31, 2007 with 365 participants having harvested 375,683 nutria. 


The harvest began on the first day of trapping season, Nov. 20, 2006.  The goal of the program, funded by the Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act, is to reduce or eliminate damage to Louisiana's wetlands caused by nutria by increasing the annual harvest to 400,000 nutria.  Registered participants received a $5 incentive for each nutria tail brought to official collection locations along Louisiana's coast.


The program area is bounded on the north by Interstate 10 from the Texas line to Baton Rouge, Interstate 12 from Baton Rouge to Slidell, and I-10 from Slidell to the Mississippi line.


Licensed trappers harvested 206,840 more nutria than last year, bringing the total within 25,000 nutria of the annual goal. 


The majority of nutria harvested this year were in the south central portion of the state.  The highest harvest occurred in St. Martin Parish with 113,629 nutria, followed by Terrebonne Parish with 99,433 nutria.  St. Mary (34,693 nutria), Lafourche (28,038 nutria) and Iberia (18,910 nutria) parishes also contributed significant harvests. 


LDWF assesses the amount and severity of the nutria damage for 2007 during aerial surveys conducted in April and May.  A final report on the 2006-07 incentive program and aerial surveys will be available in July at the following Web sites:


www.nutria.com and www.wlf.louisiana.gov.


Information was collected from each participant to determine the method of take, carcass use, and harvest date and location.  This information along with the harvest maps and aerial survey data is used to track the progress of the program.


For more information, contact Edmond Mouton at 337-373-0032 emouton@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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