Rules and Regulations

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At Refuges, Wildlife Rules:
National Wildlife Refuges are places where wildlife comes first. Although people are welcome, activities are regulated and monitored to ensure that impacts are minimal to the plants and animals that call the refuge “home”. Below is a partial list of rules and regulations for Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge.

Refuge Hours:
The refuge is open during daylight hours only, except during hunting season. See refuge regulations for specific information.

Trapping Occurs at this Refuge:
Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. On this refuge trapping occurs only as a wildlife management tool and is prohibited by the public. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information.

The refuge manager may close the refuge due to inclement weather, road conditions, or environmental restrictions, etc. Be aware of signs indicating closed areas.