LDWF, DOTD warns motorists be aware of deer crossings in flood affected areas

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

With widespread flooding caused by elevated rivers in some parts of the state, deer are being forced from their normal habitat and could be crossing roads and highways more frequently as they seek higher ground. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) are warning motorists to be alert for deer crossing roads and highways in the affected areas.

Deer, in some cases, will also attempt to return to their normal home ranges in advance of the water receding.

LDWF reminds the public to not handle deer or fawns. All calls regarding deer or fawns must be handled through the appropriate LDWF regional office. Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-field-offices-and-telephone-numbers for a listing of those offices or contact LDWF Deer Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Contributed by LDWF