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People warned to watch for animals displaced by flood

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Posted: May 14, 2011 6:16 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 14, 2011 6:30 PM
Source: La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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BATON ROUGE - As floodwaters move through Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are warning people to watch out for animals that may be forced into towns or cities.

Wildlife officials said wild animals like deer, bear and alligators will be pushed out of their habitats by the rising water, and could wind up in inhabited areas.

People who see wild animals are urged to leave them alone and not feed them, which would encourage them to say in inhabited areas instead of moving on to find natural food sources.

Drivers should also watch for animals trying to cross roads that are near flooded areas, and avoid them if possible.

People who need help removing wild animals should contact the closest LDWF field office:

  • Baton Rouge 225-765-2800
  • Hammond 985-543-4777
  • Monroe 318-343-4044
  • New Iberia 337-373-0032
  • Opelousas 337-948-0255
  • Pineville 318-487-5885

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