Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge Announces Drawing for Alligator Harvest

Published 12:20 pm Monday, June 27, 2022

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will select two eligible hunters to harvest alligators on Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) located in Terrebonne Parish, LA based on a lottery system. Permittees will be selected by random drawing, provided they meet the minimum criteria and application form is acceptable.

Lottery application forms must be returned and postmarked by 3:30p.m., Friday July 1, 2022 and mailed to:

Mandalay NWR Alligator Permit Lottery

1725 Willow St.

Franklin, LA 70538

Drawing will be held at 10:30 at the Refuge Office, 1725 Willow St., Franklin, LA 70538 on July 7, 2022.  Applicants need not be present and will be notified by phone.

Two permittees will be selected and a quota of 500 nutria will have to be filled by each permittee prior to the 2023 alligator season to qualify for 2023 alligator tags. The selectees can participate in the Coastwide Nutria Control Program administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Each permittee will receive 43 alligator tags and be assigned a specific harvest area on the Refuge. Only one application per person will be accepted. Permits will be selected through a lottery and are non-transferable. The Service shall receive 40% of the total proceeds from alligator sales. Persons interested in receiving a lottery application should visit Mandalay NWR website, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (,or contact Brian Pember at 985-860-6681 or email


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