Man on mission to spread awareness, appreciation of wildlife refuges

Man on mission to spread awareness, appreciation of wildlife refuges

IOWA, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana's greatest natural resources are sometimes untapped.

That's why wildlife refuge expert Jerry Doucet is taking his message around the state, starting with some of the youngest citizens.

Doucet has been making stops this week at various local libraries, informing children about wildlife refuges in Southwest Louisiana.

The kids get to learn about what kinds of animals live in the local habitat.

He brought various animal pelts to show the kids what the animals look and feel like.

"Today, I'm going to talk to the people that come, to the kids who have come, about what a refuge is. A lot of people don't know the refuge is here and what's on the refuge. The refuge is here in Southwest Louisiana. It was primarily set out for waterfowl, but it's also public use. That's part of the refuge's goal is public use. There are 26 species of animals on the refuges. There are alligators and bobcats and coyotes and otters and mink," he said.

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