Louisiana seeks permit for movie animals

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The movie industry in Louisiana has gotten so big that the state is considering a permit that would allow producers to hire local animals.

Currently, four-legged celebrities in movies shot here are recruited from out of the state. That is because our state does not have a license to train and house animals on movie sets. The LA Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Committee sees there is a big demand for animal actors.

They are working on a way to make sure Louisiana is not left out.

"This regulation would apply to all native wildlife species in Louisiana, any migratory bird, reptile, amphibian or mammal that is considered wildlife," said LWDF Permits Coordinator Camille Washington.

The department is working on creating a clear set of rules for a wildlife permit program. Once that is completed, the public will have 60 days to weigh in before the committee votes.

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