Census records 16 gators in Cane River

Carey Hamblin snapped this photo of an alligator getting some sun Cane River.

By Hannah Richardson, lifestyleeditor@natchitochestimes.com

The results are in from last week’s alligator census, conducted by the LDWF. Two teams from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department counted a total of 16 alligators in Cane River Tuesday, July 2.

According to Jason Waller of the LDWF, two alligators were adults and 14 were juveniles, around 1-3 feet in length, some even 4-5 feet. If you believe the alligators are a nuisance, you may want to look into the Nuisance Alligator Program.

The program overview states, “LDWF licenses a statewide network of nuisance alligator hunters (approximately 65 hunters) to capture nuisance alligators. We receive more than 2,200 nuisance alligator complaints annually. Approximately 3,000 nuisance alligators are harvested and an additional number of smaller sized nuisance alligators are relocated annually. The nuisance alligator program continues to strive to minimize alligator and human conflicts.”

For more information, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-alligators.