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Information current as of May 14, 2013.
Nutria Control Program

Wildlife and Fisheries, Licenses/Permits

Program Overview:
The Coastwide Nutria Control Program is funded through The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA).

Nutria, native to South America, is an introduced and invasive semi-aquatic rodent in coastal Louisiana resulting from escapes and possible releases from nutria farms in the 1930s. The decline in fur trapping activity since the mid-1980s has resulted in over population of nutria. Annual surveys have revealed that approximately 80,000 acres of Louisiana coastal wetlands can be impacted at any one point in time. Since the introduction of the Coastwide Nutria Control Program, the estimate of impacted acres has been reduced to 46,181 acres. Nutria herbivory damage is ongoing, and many damaged sites are not likely to recover naturally. Without comprehensive management of nutria herbivory damage, the stability of the Louisiana coastal ecosystem is threatened.

The Coastwide Nutria Control Program consists of an economic incentive payment of $4 per nutria tail delivered by registered participants to collection centers established in coastal Louisiana. The goal of the Program is to encourage the harvest of up to 400,000 nutria annually from coastal Louisiana. This program is funded by Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act through Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Program Area:
Coastal Louisiana, bounded on the north by Interstate 10 from LA-TX line to Baton Rouge, Interstate 12 from Baton Rouge to Slidell, and Interstate 10 from Slidell to LA-MS line.

Application Process:
Please visit the Louisiana Coastwide Nutria Control Program website for a detailed outline of the program protocol and application procedures.

Contact Information
Fur and Refuge Division
( 337 ) 373 - 0032
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Physical Address
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Primary Phone Number: ( 225 ) 765 - 2800
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed