LAFAYETTE - In the passing of recent severe weather The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has asked the public to be mindful of displaced wildlife in the aftermath of flooding rains.
Louisiana is pretty good at being mindful of flood waters but in the wake of recent severe weather we want and need to be extra mindful.
LDWF says flooding has pushed wildlife out of it's homes and into populated areas.
"A lot of places can qualify as a wildlife habitat" said Durham
Grasslands, a lake, marsh, field, brush pile, a forested block of wood, wildlife can live almost anywhere.
"There nearly all over the place." said Durham
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Diretor Scott Durham says watch out for piles of debris - it's serves as a hiding place.
"You want to be careful with venomous snakes. Specifically something like a cotton mouth, they can get displaced in watery areas that are flooded." said Durham
Now while that does sound scary Durham says wild animals are more afraid of you than you are of them.
"They're just trying to get away so the best thing to do is just give them a wide birth. Back off of them, give them plenty of space and let them try to get back home as soon as flood waters recede." said Durham
While we wait for those flood waters to recede it's best to stay out of them at night.
"There able to see in very low light conditons so they can see you before you see them typically." said Durham
Durham says wearing camouflage might help you blend in but at the end of the day wildlife will not be attracted to you unless you provoke them or feed them.
"As soon as that water starts going down, you want them to go back to where they came from and get back into their home range. That's the main thing, just don't feed them, leave them alone, give them space and they'll typically do okay." said Durham
If you have any other questions or concerns please visit wlf.louisiana.gov