Contest: Name Pond At National Wildlife Refuge In Louisiana

FRANKLIN, La. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a contest to name a recently improved pond in a national wildlife refuge in south Louisiana.

The agency has graded the parking lot and installed a floating dock and an information kiosk at the pond on Stephen R. Road in the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge near Franklin.

Now it’s asking people to visit the refuge and take a selfie or a photo of their family enjoying its trails as part of their entry.

The photo, proposed name and a short explanation of the name can be submitted by email — — or at

Specific personal names or vulgar, profane, racially insensitive or other derogatory names will not be accepted.

The top five entries will be announced Dec. 2 on the refuge's Facebook page, and the public will have a week to choose their favorite. The winning name will be announced live on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11.