BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent on April 4 to change the effective dates of state alligator hunting licenses.

As proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) Alligator Management Program, the current effective dates of July 1 through June 30 would change to Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

The change would align alligator hunting license dates with dates for issuance of CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - alligator harvest tags. Historically, the alligator tag year has started with the opening of the annual wild alligator hunting season in September. The change is recommended to minimize confusion and organize harvest data reporting by calendar year.

If finally approved, LDWF in coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service would implement the change for Jan. 2014, when the effective license year and tag year would coincide.

Public comment on this proposal will be accepted through May 20, 2013 and should be submitted in writing to Robert Love, Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000. To view the full notice, please visit