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Louisiana parish’s beaver bounty program suspended

February 16, 2019

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana parish has temporarily suspended its beaver bounty program.

The Beauregard Parish Police Jury halted the program to allow jurors a chance to re-examine its permit and bounty ordinance, The American Press reported.

The ordinance allows beaver hunters and trappers from outside the parish to obtain permits at no cost to hunt the destructive animals throughout the area. Permit supervisor Dianna Nichols told jurors recently that of the 17 active permits issued, three belong to residents outside of Beauregard. She says the only requirement to participate is that hunters or trappers be licensed.

Nichols said the parish currently pays $35 for every beaver tail turned in. In 2018, there were 94 tails turned in costing the parish $3,290.

Surrounding Louisiana parishes and Texas counties do not pay beaver bounties, which has increased the attention on Beauregard Parish’s program.

Parish administrator Bryan McReynolds said the suspension of beaver bounties will allow officials to conduct a geographical survey to identify any problem areas in need of beaver hunting more than others. He said that would also allow jurors an opportunity to impose area limitations on the hunters and trappers if necessary.

“Ultimately, the jurors would like better control and reporting on the areas in which beavers are hunted,” McReynolds said.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com