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    Wye, Louisiana

    30 Acres | December 16, 2005
    Gary and Vernice Waggoner, donors
    Conservation Easement

    With a conservation easement recorded in December 2005, the Waggoner Wildlife Sanctuary was established with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. The animals who live on this 30-acre property in Wye, Louisiana, will now have permanent protection from development, destructive logging practices as well as commercial and recreational hunting and trapping.

    Much of the property is covered with pine trees. The western portion is more heavily forested and is mostly hardwoods. A small artificial pond near the southeastern corner of the property provides year-round water for the wildlife in the area. The land is home to many species including deer, raccoon, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, beaver and opossum, in addition to a wide variety of birds and snakes.

    Although this sanctuary remains privately owned, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust has an obligation to perform periodic inspections to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition and that the terms of the conservation easements are being met.  These inspections, and the handling of any destruction or violations, cost heavily in professional staff time, consultants, and travel expenses. In addition HSWLT needs a reserve of funds for the substantial legal fees needed if enforcement of violations involves court action.

    HSWLT has promised to protect this property as sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

    Cougar Close-up

    The cougar once roamed all of North America, human persecution has now almost completely eradicated this predator.


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