The 46-mile Catahoula Lake, a well-liked looking location close to Cenla, La., could quickly turn out to be closed to public use after a district court docket dominated late final month that the lake is technically a river, making it personal property and thus limiting sporting entry.
Per the Instances-Picayune, for the previous century, the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Louisiana Division of Wildlife & Fisheries have managed Catahoula Lake, the biggest freshwater physique in Louisiana, and one of many state’s premier duck-hunting spots. In 2010, extra geese had been killed in Louisiana than in every other state—and plenty of of these birds winter on Catahoula. The Instances-Picayune went as far as to name the lake the state’s most legendary looking spot—which is saying one thing for Louisiana.
Within the ruling, a choose declared that the state owes landowners $38 million in damages and $four.5 million in royalties for oil and fuel taken from the realm. The state has appealed the choose’s choice, sending the case to the third U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals in Lake Charles, in response to KALB. As for now, the 2017–2018 looking season will proceed as deliberate on Catahoula, however future modifications might loom.
“It’s part of Central Louisiana that can hopefully by no means be taken away,” Brian Cespriva, a devoted duck hunter, informed KALB. “This lawsuit ought to concern everyone who hunts and fishes on Catahoula Lake.”