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LA - L.W.F.C. Approves Agreement With Delta Waterfowl Foundation

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a resolution directing the Department to enter into an agreement with Delta Waterfowl Foundation. The agreement calls for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to allocate funds to the Foundation to fund a predator management program on 144 square miles of waterfowl breeding grounds.

According to R.S. 56:104.A.(1)(b), ten percent of the fees collected from the sale of hunting licenses must be dedicated to the development and preservation of breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl. For the last 38 years, the entire ten percent had been allocated to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., an organization that conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. Under the resolution passed by the commission at their February 6 meeting, one-third of the ten percent will be routed to Delta Waterfowl Foundation. The remaining two-thirds will continue to be sent to Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

The specific purpose of the money from LDWF will be to fund a predator management program. Delta Waterfowl Foundation has conducted research that demonstrates that duck nest success can be significantly increased by removing mammalian predators on the breeding grounds of migratory waterfowl. The commission approved the cooperative agreement for a term of five years.