Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' mission is to manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations. And to provide opportunities for and to encourage the use and enjoyment of these resources in a safe and healthy environment both on land and on water.
New Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers
Created by the McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
December 21, 2017

One hundred years ago, wildlife biologists began determining which plant species provided food and cover for ducks and geese and then how to manage coastal wetlands to promote those plants. Within decades, that knowledge was the basis for managing water levels, water salinity, fire, and land acquisition on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. By the end of the last century, that knowledge also was being used to improve habitat for wading birds, shorebirds, and other associated species habitat and also in efforts to combat coastal wetland loss.

Today, wildlife biologists are...

State Conservation Officers: The Best First Responders
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, officers from other states were standing by ready to launch rescue operations.
September 11, 2017
Texas

As a group, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the people who have lost homes, livelihoods, and loved ones. Recovering from such events takes a long time. However, in darkest of days there are lights that shine brightly, and the conservation law enforcement officers of SEAFWA states are some of the brightest. Southeastern state fish and wildlife officers are very active as first responders, and states assist each other in such efforts.

When natural disasters strike, the highly trained and dedicated state agency wildlife law enforcement officers are some of the most...

John Bel Edwards Appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Edwards previously served as a Louisiana state representative
January 16, 2017
Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that State Representative Jack Montoucet will serve as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries effective Jan. 16, 2017. 

“Jack Montoucet is a friend and a true Louisianan,” said Gov. Edwards.  “As a businessman, he understands the complex nature of running an organization such as Wildlife and Fisheries, and as an alligator farmer in Acadiana, he shares my belief that nothing should get in the way of Louisiana remaining the Sportsman’s Paradise.  This single agency represents so much about our culture, and I am excited to have...

Charlie Melancon Appointed Secretary of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Melancon Previously Served Three Terms as a Louisiana Congressman
February 12, 2016
Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed former Congressman Charlie Melancon, a native of Napoleonville, La., as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Secretary Melancon replaces Robert Barham who previously served as the Department’s Secretary since 2008.

Melancon’s chief duty as Secretary will be to manage, conserve and promote wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development and education for the social and economic benefit of current...