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Rockefeller to temporarily close for alligator harvest

Posted at 1:15 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 14:19:43-04

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual nuisance alligator harvest on Sept. 5 through Sept. 7. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the refuge to the public each day until noon for the harvest.

Afternoon, the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize recreational areas until official sunset each day, according to agents.

The delayed openings will be in effect each day or until all alligator trappers have utilized their tags for this controlled harvest.

The refuge spans 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes, provides recreational fishing opportunities for shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, largemouth bass and other species. Rockefeller is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation and attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The refuge provides high quality wetlands habitat for ducks, geese, shorebirds and wading birds.

For more information on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, go to or contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000 or

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at