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Public’s help sought to report skunk sightings

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is asking for the public’s help as it seeks to gather information on the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius ). There has been no confirmed sighting of this species, once common in Louisiana, in more than 30 years.
Anyone who sees the skunk is asked to report the sighting to LDWF. The sightings can be from roadkill, game cameras or inadvertent catch from fur trapping.

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Wildlife & Fisheries office in Lafayette christened

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries christened its Lafayette Regional Office Complex on Tuesday in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The office, located at 200 Dulles Drive, was purchased in April of 2018 for $6 million to give LDWF a one-stop south central Louisiana hub in which to conduct business.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “This building is going to be beneficial for Lafayette Parish, the Acadiana region and the entire state.”

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Boaters in South Louisiana cautioned to be aware of West Indian manatees

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has placed caution signs at boat launches throughout south Louisiana advising boaters to be aware of West Indian manatees.
Manatee sightings have been reported throughout coastal Louisiana as these marine mammals migrate from Florida to Louisiana during summer months.

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2 people from Rayne cited for shooting whooping cranes

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited a Louisiana man and a juvenile on April 3 in Acadia Parish for allegedly shooting two endangered whooping cranes.
After an almost two-year investigation, LDWF agents cited Kaenon A. Constantin, 25, and a juvenile from Rayne, for violating the Endangered Species Act, hunting from a public road and obstruction of justice.

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Cinnamon Teal like this are typically rare in a St. Mary Parish hunter’s bag but not uncommon in southwest Louisiana near the Texas state line. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of John K. Flores)

A preview of the 2017-18 waterfowl season

Only a lunatic would try to make a prediction on what hunters can expect for the upcoming waterfowl season. Essentially, there are just too many variables to consider, and it’s impossible to know. Nonetheless, the 2017-2018 season, from an opportunity standpoint, is going to be another 60-day, six-duck daily limit liberal season, the 22nd in a row. This fact alone will have Louisiana’s waterfowl hunters counting the days and giddy with excitement.

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