If you have plans to head south and visit the beautiful Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge this week, you might want to revisit those plans.  Unfortunately, this incredible 26-mile stretch of pristine semi-coastal Louisiana that many native species call home will be closed to the public due to its overabundance of alligators.

This week, officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LWDF) will be conducting their yearly alligator harvest.  Every day from Wednesday, September 4th until Wednesday, September 11th, the refuge will be closed to the public before noon.  After noon, residents will be free to explore the untouched wilderness until the next day when the gator harvest begins anew.

According to WBRZ, the closing will continue all week, or until alligator trappers have used their all of the tags for this annual alligator harvest.