Hunting seasons closed on Pearl WMA

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State wildlife and

fisheries regulators say all hunting seasons, except waterfowl, on the

Pearl River Wildlife

Management Area will be closed Friday, when the river stage at

Pearl River, La., reaches 16.5 feet.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the closure on the wildlife management area in southeastern St. Tammany

Parish will remain in effect until water levels drop below that level.

Officials say the gate at Old U.S. Hwy. 11, a primary access point to the area, also will be closed until the water recedes

and all roads and bridges are determined safe for vehicle passage.