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Strain Cautions Duck Hunters That Roseau Cane Scale Quarantine Still In Effect

October 30, 2019

Baton Rouge, La. (October 30, 2019) – Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said as duck hunting season approaches, a quarantine for Roseau cane scale remains in effect.

The scale, native to China and Japan, is an insect that destroys Roseau cane which is vegetation that helps protect Louisiana’s coast and poses a threat to the health and welfare of Louisiana’s wetlands. It also poses a threat to sorghum, sugarcane and rice industries.

“We urge waterfowl hunters not to move Roseau cane material more than one-quarter mile from its original location,” said Strain. Duck hunting season starts in November and lasts through December.

A quarantine was put into place in March 2018. Quarantine areas in the state include all areas south of Louisiana Highway 10 beginning at the Mississippi state line moving west until intersecting at Highway 171 in Vernon Parish. Also, moving south on Highway 171 to Highway 190 in DeRidder and turning west onto Highway 190 and continuing on Highway 190 until it reaches the Sabine River.

Quarantine areas in the state include portions of the following parishes south of Louisiana Highway 10: Allen, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Vernon, Washington and West Feliciana.

These entire parishes are quarantined: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Vermillion and West Baton Rouge.

Clean nursery stock may be moved within quarantined areas under a special permit issued by the LDAF. The quarantine will be in effect until further notice.

For more information on Roseau cane, go to http://www.lsuagcenter.com/roseaucane.

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