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State re-opening three wildlife management areas

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Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:15 PM
Updated: Sep 7, 2012 4:15 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Just in time for the weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they would reopen three wildlife management areas which had been closed since before Hurricane Isaac hit the state.

LDWF said Joyce, Manchac and a portion of the Pearl River WMA would open again on Saturday, Sept. 8. Three other WMAs remain closed due to damage and flooding from the storm: Elm Hall, Elmer's Island and Maurepas Swamp.

There are still some restrictions, however. A spokesperson said flood waters still in the Pearl River WMA only allowed them to re-open the portion south of I-10. The Swamp Walk at the Joyce WMA would also stay closed, and people in the Manchac WMA are not allowed to have internal combustion engines in the site known as "The Prairie" from September through January.

Flooding and damage in the state's WMAs also partially delayed the opening of commercial alligator hunting season, and pushed back the start of recreational alligator hunting to Sept. 12.

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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