Public access temporarily restricted at Rockefeller SWR beginning Sept. 4

10 a.m. daily opening time will accommodate annual nuisance gator harvest

Beginning Sept. 4, the Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge will not open to the public until 10 a.m. each day because of the annual nuisance alligator harvest, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The delayed openings will be in effect for seven days, or until all alligator trappers have utilized their tags for the controlled harvest, the release states.

After 10 a.m., the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize all recreational areas until official sunset each day.

Due to ongoing construction projects, the public is advised that entry sign instructions must be followed even when refuge gates are open. Failure to follow refuge closure instructions may result in enforcement citations, according to the release.

The refuge, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually, spans 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes.

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