Enforcement

Tip411 Complaint Leads to Deer Violations

Release Date: 12/09/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Winnfield Man for alleged deer violations in Winn Parish on Dec. 1.

Agents cited Jeremy S. Rowell, 26, for possession of illegally taken deer, taking over the legal limit of deer, hunting without a basic and big game license and without deer tags.

Agents received information through their tip411 program about Rowell harvesting three deer on Dec. 1 in Winn Parish.  The investigation determined that Rowell killed three doe deer.

LDWF launched the tip411 program at the end of September as a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.

To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.   CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

Citizens can also call Operation Game Thief's Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the limit of deer carries a fine of $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic license, big game license and deer tags are each punishable with a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Rowell may also be responsible for civil restitution to LDWF in the amount of $1,624 per illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Rusty Perry and Senior Agent Heath Wood.

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

Terrebonne Parish Man Cited for Filing False Boat Registration

Release Date: 12/08/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Houma man for alleged boat registration violations in East Baton Rouge Parish on Dec. 6, 2011.

LDWF Strike Force and Undercover agents cited Chad Sagona, 36, for possessing a motorboat with an altered hull identification number and an outboard motor with altered serial number.  Agents also cited Sagona for injuring and filing false public records for his attempt to illegally register a boat.

Undercover agents answered an Internet classified ad in reference to a subject wanting to purchase a Louisiana boat registration for a vessel that could not receive a legal registration.  Undercover agents made contact with Sagona and sold him a false registration.

Sagona allegedly registered the vessel in his name with the false registration.  Agents seized the vessel along with a Yamaha outboard motor and boat trailer.

Filing false and injuring public records brings up to five years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for each offense.  If found guilty of altering a hull identification number and outboard serial number, Sagona faces a $50 fine for each charge and forfeiture of his boat and motor.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Agent Jake Darden and LDWF undercover agents.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Franklin Man Pleads Guilty to Alligator Violations

Release Date: 12/08/2011

 

A Franklin man pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 in the Lafayette Division of the Western District Federal Court of Louisiana to alligator charges.

Federal Magistrate Michael Hill sentenced Daniel A. Edgar, 62, to pay a $2,000 fine for pleading guilty to taking alligators from an unapproved area.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Edgar on Sept. 7, 2006 in Iberia and St. Martin parishes for running alligator lines set in areas in the Atchafalaya Basin.  Edgar did not have alligator tags for where his alligator lines were set.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke Walker prosecuted the case.  LDWF agents participating in the case were Sgt. James Rhodes, Sgt. Ronald Hebert, Senior Agent Donnie Bozeman and Senior Agent Jerry Stassi.

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

Parking on Interstate and Highway Shoulders Prohibited

Release Date: 12/06/2011

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters that parking on shoulders and grassy areas along interstates and highways are illegal and strictly prohibited.

The Louisiana State Police are aware of an increasing number of vehicles that are being parked on roadway shoulders and grassy areas, particularly on Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, during hunting season. 

The shoulders of the road are designed for emergency stopping only.  The parked vehicles pose a threat to motorists when they re-enter or exit the road and can be a hazard to motorists stopping for emergencies. 

Louisiana State Police is committed to ensuring safety on highways and interstates.  Owners of vehicles parked in prohibited areas may face traffic citation fines and have their vehicles towed at their expense.

If any hazardous situation is observed, the public is urged to call Louisiana State Police at *LSP (*577) from a cell phone.

For more information, contact LDWF Spokesman Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov; or the Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Unit at 225-754-8524.

Vernon Parish Man Arrested For Over Limit Of Deer

Release Date: 12/05/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Pitkin man on Nov. 13 for alleged wildlife violations on the Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) in Vernon Parish.

Agents arrested Joseph K. Baggett, 45, for three counts of taking illegal deer during open season, three counts of possession of an illegally taken deer during open season, three counts of taking over limit of deer, failing to wear a hunter's orange cap and intentional littering.  Baggett was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

LDWF Enforcement Division Senior Agent Russell Brack began investigating Baggett after receiving a complaint from a concerned citizen on the morning of Nov. 12.

Brack made contact with Baggett and found that he had a six-point buck in his possession.  Brack also found that Baggett did not have a hunter’s orange cap in addition to his vest as required on public lands.  Baggett denied shooting at any antlerless deer at this time and he was cited and released for failing to wear a hunter's orange cap.

After further investigation, Brack and other LDWF agents were able to locate three dead doe deer located close to a deer stand that contained belongings with Baggett’s name.  Agents also found litter under the deer stand.  Agents again questioned Baggett on Nov. 13 about the three doe deer.  Baggett then admitted to agents to shooting several times at antlerless deer.  Agents seized a .243 Browning rifle for evidence.

Each count of taking an illegal deer during open season results in a fine between $500 and $750 and 15 to 30 days of jail.  Each count of possession of an illegally taken deer during open season brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Each count of taking over limit of deer carries a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing two wear the required hunter's orange cap brings a fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries a fine of $250 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement program.

Baggett is also responsible for paying civil restitution in the amount of $4,873.83 to LDWF for the illegally killed deer.

Lt. Bill Tyree and Sgt. Curt Belton assisted in the case.

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

Evangeline Parish Man Sentenced In Federal Court for Baited Field

Release Date: 12/01/2011

 

An Evangeline Parish man was sentenced on Nov. 29, 2011 in U.S. Court in Lafayette for migratory game bird violations.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Hanna sentenced Jody D. Fontenot, 42, of Ville Platte to pay a $550 fine, complete 50 hours of community service and one-year suspension of his hunting rights or until his 50 hours of community service was complete.  Fontenot pleaded guilty to hunting doves over a baited field and aiding and abetting others in taking doves over a baited field.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Fontenot in September of 2011 after receiving a complaint about a baited field near Jean Pierre Road in Evangeline Parish.

Agents went to the field on Sept. 3, 2011 and located rice that was distributed throughout the field.  Agents went back to the baited field owned by Fontenot on Sept. 4 and found the field being hunted by three adults and six juveniles including Fontenot.

Fontenot was found to be responsible for the placement of the bait.  Agents seized a total of 32 doves in the case.

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Howard Parker prosecuted the case.  Agents involved in the case were Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot, Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Senior Agent Danon Maricle.

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

Louisiana Becomes First State to Adopt National Boat Training Curriculum for Marine Law Enforcement Officers

Release Date: 11/18/2011

Louisiana Becomes First State to Adopt National Boat Training Curriculum for Marine Law Enforcement Officers
Louisiana Becomes First State to Adopt National Boat Training Curriculum for Marine Law Enforcement Officers

November 18, 2011 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) became the first agency in the United States to receive both state and national accreditation in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program.

According to NASBLA.org, the BOAT program establishes a national standard for the training and qualification of maritime law enforcement and rescue personnel.  Adoption and implementation of the BOAT program provides a true national standard for the purpose of maritime interoperability at the federal, state and local levels.  Standardization ensures maritime agencies can interact together and will bolster their ability to act as force multipliers nationwide.

"Agencies who choose to adopt this national standard of training can assure their ability to conduct missions on our nation’s waterways safely and effectively and operate seamlessly with their federal, state and local partners on the water," said John Fetterman, NASBLA's Director of Law Enforcement.

On Sept. 1, at NASBLA's Annual Conference in Milwaukee, LDWF was recognized as the first agency to receive national accreditation in the BOAT program.  On Nov. 17, the Louisiana Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) Council accepted the NASBLA training curriculum in the BOAT program.  This action makes Louisiana the first state to adopt the BOAT program for all its marine law enforcement patrol officers.

The Louisiana POST Council is responsible for developing and evaluating the curriculum of mandatory basic training courses for municipal officers, deputy sheriffs, state police, LDWF agents and all other persons commissioned as peace officers defined by state law.

"Our goal was to be the first agency accredited with this new standard of training in the marine environment.  We now shift our focus to training other law enforcement agencies so that we are all on the same page when it comes to securing the maritime domain and providing safety on the waterways," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the state's Boating Law Administrator.

Through their partnership with NASBLA, LDWF will also offer BOAT program training courses for other state law enforcement entities in the near future.  To help shape the course, LDWF is asking for feedback from the law enforcement community; specifically how many of their marine patrol officers need the training and what part of the BOAT program they are interested in taking.  To offer feedback, please email Lt. Spencer Cole at scole@wlf.la.gov.

For more information on the NASBLA BOAT program, please visit www.nasbla.org and then hover over the training tab and click on the BOAT program link.

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

Two Men Cited For Fishing Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/17/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 16.

Sgt. Adam Young cited Lee W. Pierce, 38, and Clay W. Mazyck Jr., 42, both of New Orleans, for taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout in the Jefferson Lake Diversion in Point a la Hache.

After receiving a complaint and conducting surveillance in the area, Sgt. Young observed the two men actively fishing and then leaving the area.  Sgt. Young stopped them at the boat launch and found them in possession of 99 spotted seatrout and 15 red drum.  The daily limit for spotted sea trout is 25 per person per day, and the daily limit for red drum is 5 fish per person per day.

"This time of year agents spend most of their time in the woods monitoring hunting activity.  However, this case and others like it prove why it is important to continue to have a presence on the water enforcing fishing regulations in the fall and winter months," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout each carry a maximum fine of $350, or up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs for each offense.  In addition, both men could be required to pay civil restitution for the illegally taken fish.

All of the fish were seized and donated to charity as per department policy. 

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

St. Bernard Parish Man Cited For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 11/16/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial oyster vessel captain for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 11 in the Hopedale area.

Agents cited Clifford A. Derouen, 44, of Violet, for failing to fill out oyster tags and violating the oyster harvest sanitary code for refrigeration.

Agents received a complaint that a vessel was unloading oysters, which according to vessel logbooks were harvested on Nov. 9.  However, agents found the oysters were tagged as being harvested on Nov. 10.  Agents also determined that the oysters were not put under mechanical refrigeration before midnight of the day they were reported harvested as required.

Violation of the sanitary code for refrigeration carries a $25 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Failing to fill out oyster tags correctly carries a fine up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents returned 60 sacks of oysters to closed waters as per LDWF policy.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Gary Pierce.

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

Four Louisiana Men Cited for Federal Fisheries Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Nov. 11 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters.

Agents cited Hershel L. Girouard II, 39, of Youngsville, Shane P. Maturin, 30, of New Iberia, Adam J. Leonard Jr., 38, of Bourg, and George A. Venable, 29, of Church Point, for fishing for red snapper during a closed season and possessing over the limit of red snapper.  Girouard, Maturin and Leonard were also cited for failing to keep fish intact.

Agents boarded an offshore supply vessel approximately 70 miles offshore in federal waters.  Agents observed the four subjects fishing off the back deck of the vessel prior to boarding.

Agents seized 28 red snapper and one snowy grouper.  Agents found some of the red snapper with their heads and tails removed and a grouper with its tail removed.

The recreational season for red snapper was open from June 1, 2011 through July 18, 2011.  The daily possession limit for red snapper during the open season is two per person per trip.  The bag limit during the closed season is reduced to zero.

This case will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for review.  The penalties associated with violating the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act will be determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Council.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Bobby Buatt, Senior Agent Buddy Murray and Agent Justin Lowry.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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