Louisiana setting rules for island where pelicans nest

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Louisiana is setting rules for a barrier island that’s being restored to greatly increase the number of pelicans and other seabirds that can nest there.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is taking comments through March 2 on the rules, which include no hunting ever and no public access during nesting season, from February through September.

Nearly $10 million in BP oil spill money is being used to restore the island, which had dwindled to about 5 acres.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the work should be completed by mid-February.

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