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'Swamp People' gives ecotourism a boost

6:36 AM, Apr 25, 2012   |    comments
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"Swamp People" tells the story of rugged locals who have hunted alligators in the Louisiana swamps for generations.

The show features rough-around-the-edges stars like Troy Landry. He takes pride in his work and has been dubbed the "swamp king." Landry has hunted the Atchafalaya swamp his whole life and believes that his reality series fame hasn't changed him.

"I guess we are famous, but I don't look at myself or feel any different than I did five years ago," said Landry. The show has perked up the Louisiana tourism market, especially eco-tourism.

"Swamp People has brought national and international attention into the state," said Louisiana Lt. Govenor Jay Dardenne. "It's given people an opportunity to appreciate the wonder of Louisiana outdoor life."

For more information please visit http://www.history.com/shows/swamp-people

Simone VonRivenburgh contributed to this report.

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