Enforcement

Body of Missing Denham Springs Man Found in Iberville Parish

Release Date: 05/07/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents recovered the body of a Denham Springs man this morning, May 7, near the Bayou Sorrell locks in the Intracoastal Canal in Iberville Parish.

LDWF agents along with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office (IPSO) and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office began searching for James L. Haley, 61, on May 1 around 10:30 p.m.

Haley’s body was found around 10:15 a.m. about 12 miles south of Plaquemine and 9 miles downstream from where he fell from a houseboat in Grand River.

According to eyewitnesses Haley stepped off a houseboat and slipped while attempting to return to his own vessel. Haley fell into the water and surfaced two times and then disappeared.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Haley’s body was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Shreveport Man Cited for Turkey Hunting Violation

Release Date: 04/30/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a Shreveport man for an alleged turkey hunting violation in Bienville Parish on April 25.

LDWF Sgt. Patrick Staggs cited Audie Arnold, 67, for hunting turkeys over a baited area.  Sgt. Staggs observed Arnold hunting turkeys from an elevated box blind surrounded by three corn feeders.

According to the 2015 Turkey Regulations pamphlet, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Search Crews Looking for Missing Boater in Ascension Parish

Release Date: 04/28/2015

Search and rescue crews are currently looking for a missing boater on Bayou Manchac in Ascension Parish.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division along with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Amant Fire Department began searching for Allen Fitzgerald, 23, of Prairieville, last night, April 27, around 10 p.m.

According to the passenger in the front of the boat the two men were out boating in a 12-foot bateau with a six horsepower engine.  They were travelling on Bayou Manchac about three to four miles upstream from the Amite River when they began taking on water.

The passenger in the front of the boat was able to jump in the water before the boat sank.  Fitzgerald was in the back of the boat when it was taking on water and it is unknown at this time of his location.  The passenger was able to make it to shore and to a house where he called 911 for help.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  According to the passenger neither of the men was wearing a personal flotation device.

The search crews looked for Fitzgerald till 3 a.m. and resumed the search at daylight this morning.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Cite Two Men for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on April 15.

Agents patrolling in Lucien Bay spotted the vessel and crewmembers harvesting oysters from a private lease without the owner’s permission.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited Jessie Dardar, 68, from Houma, and Brian Walling, 48, from Montegut, for unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failing to have written permission.

The agents seized the dredge and returned 15 sacks of oysters to the water.  Agents also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have written permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agents participating in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

Nine Subjects Cited for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/10/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited nine subjects in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on April 8.

Agents patrolling in Hell Hole Bayou spotted several vessels and crewmembers harvesting oysters in an unapproved area.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited Jolio C. Garcia, 30, Omar Ever Aviles Gomez, 28, Daniel M. Sanchez, 21, Francisco Arnulfo Ruiz Maradiaga, 34, all from Houma; Hermilo G. Luria, 25, Mario G. Lara, 37, Carlos T. Gonzaga, 30, Francisco A. Tenoria, 30, all from Gray; and Eduardo L. Alejo, 27, from Theriot, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease without written permission.

The agents seized the dredges and returned 115 sacks of oysters to the water.  Agents also seized the vessels on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters from a private lease without permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and agent Richard Bean.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

Westwego Man Arrested for Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 04/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Westwego man on April 8 for allegedly using stolen crab traps.

Agents received a tip in mid-March about a man stealing crab traps on Lake Salvador in Lafourche Parish.  On March 20, while patrolling the area LDWF agents observed Kurt Frickey, 29, utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps.

During the subsequent investigation, agents found Frickey utilizing 206 stolen crab traps that were stolen from 25 different crab fishermen.

Agents obtained an arrest warrant in Lafourche Parish and were able to apprehend Frickey and book him into the Lafourche Parish jail for felony theft.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Dean Aucoin.

Felony theft brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Agents Make Drug Cases in Jefferson Parish

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made three drug related cases from April 2 to 4 in Jefferson Parish.

On April 2, agents observed a group of three men on Elmer's Island Refuge with glass bottles where they are prohibited.  Agents found Dylan W. Melancon, 18, and Brett M. Rodrigue, 19, both of Golden Meadow, in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Agents also discovered Jhy M. Allison, 21, of Golden Meadow in illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and also cited him for having glass bottles.

On April 3, agents observed a vehicle on Hwy. 1 in Grand Isle swerve several times over the center line.  During the traffic stop, agents found the driver, Jeremy K. Buckner, 36, of Leesville, in possession of 24 packs of synthetic marijuana.  He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The passenger, Michael L. Parrish, 39, of Leesville, was found to have an open alcoholic beverage.

On April 4, agents observed a man fishing on Elmer's Island Refuge.  Agents made contact with Andrew L. Smith, 28, of Avondale, and found him in illegal possession of marijuana.  Agents booked Smith into the Jefferson Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute is a felony and brings a 10 to 50 year jail sentence and up to $50,000 in fines.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle carries a fine up to $100.  Having glass bottles on the Elmer’s Island Refuge brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Senior Agent Dale Wheat and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for May 2

Release Date: 04/06/2015

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the fifth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 2 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations and the registration contact information, which can also be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 318-371-3049.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitutional Dr.
West Monroe, La 71292
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register please call 318-343-2417.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, La 71301
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 318-487-5634.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors.

St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Lumber
207 N Railroad Ave.
Opelousas, La 70570
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 337-948-0257.
Sponsors include Raising Canes of Opelousas, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, La 70601
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 337-491-2580.
Sponsors include Whitetails Unlimited and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Terrebonne Parish
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range
2100 Savanne Road.
Houma, La 60360.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 985-447-0821.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Ascension Parish
Gonzales Boat Club
13311 Diversion Canal Road
St. Amant, La. 70774
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register please call 225-765-2999.
Sponsors include the Gonzales Boat Club.

St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call 504-284-2023 to register.
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Three Galliano Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 03/31/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited three subjects in Lafourche Parish for alleged oyster violations on March 30.

While on patrol, the agent spotted a vessel and its crew harvesting oysters in an unapproved area on Bayou Faleau.  The agent also observed the crew harvesting on a private lease without permission from the owner.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited John P. Bruce, 50, Jace P. Griffin, 28, and Jarrod P. Bruce, 29, all from Galliano, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease without written permission.

The agent seized the dredges and returned 10 sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area and without permission from the owner each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agent participating in the case is Sgt. Bryan Marie.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

$8,500 Reward for Information on Bald Eagle Shooting

Release Date: 03/31/2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are seeking information on the shooting of a bald eagle that was found near Cavett River Road in Gilliam.  

The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a reward of up to $8,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for this unlawful act.

On March 22, 2015, an incapacitated, mature, American bald eagle was recovered in Caddo Parish near Cavett River Road.  The bald eagle displayed wounds to its chest and left wing.  The eagle was transported to the Louisiana State University Veterinary Hospital for treatment.  X-rays confirmed that the injuries were due to a gunshot.  The eagle was euthanized as a result of the severity of its injuries.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and $15,000 respectively and/or up to one year in federal prison.

Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to contact U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Brad Rabalais at 601-331-0292 or call the LDWF Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.

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