Solons to 'nuisance quadrupeds': We're gunnin' for ya!
Raccoons, possums, beavers and nutria, take notice: mess with a crop or a crawfish pond and you’re fair game. A bill by a Lafayette Parish lawmaker that expands a farmer’s right to crop protection is sailing through the state Legislature.
House Bill 410 by Rep. Bobby Badon of Carencro broadens present law and allows farmers to target “nuisance quadrupeds” — aka varmits! — from a boat or vehicle any time of the day or night with no bag limit, so long as a .22 caliber rimfire rifle is the weapon used. Current law allows farmers to go after pesky animals that raid crops and bore into the banks of crawfish ponds. Badon’s bill expands the law to allow farmers to shoot from a truck or a boat. The bill received a unanimous 97-0 vote in the House and is now before the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.