Enforcement

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

**Amended**Three Louisiana Men Charged with Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/13/2015

*Amendment of press release in bold

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations in St. Helena Parish on Feb. 12.

Agents cited Walter Prine, 20, of Denham Springs, Aaron Morris, 20, of Denham Springs, and Stefan Reynolds, 25, of Gonzales, for harvesting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours, from a moving vehicle, from a public road, possession of illegally taken deer and failing to follow deer tagging requirements.

After an investigation, agents learned that the three men were in the Kentwood area of St. Helena Parish between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Feb. 1.  During which time they shot and killed five deer from various roadways.  The deer were then transported to a residence in Ascension Parish.  Agents found that no effort was made to clean or butcher the deer.

Agents seized a 12-gauge shotgun in this case.  Agents had to dispose of the deer since they were not fit for human consumption.

Harvesting a deer during a closed season and taking a deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a moving vehicle and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The men could also face civil restitution in excess of $8,000 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt, Will Roberts, Senior Agent Ronnie Robbins and Sgt. Toby Miller.

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

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 15 New Agents at Graduation

Release Date: 02/12/2015

28th Graduating LDWF Cadet Class

Class Photo: Front row from left to right: Eric Little, Blaine Wagner, Chelsea King, William Holomon, Mason Spillman, Patrick Dempsey and William Carpenter.  Back row from let to right: Andrew Arton, Torris White, Lloyd Pearson, Nathan Vanya, Lukas Breed, Clinton Branton, Gary Levron and Jerod Coats.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy today, Feb. 12, graduated its 28th class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.

After six months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, 15 newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  “You have a tremendous responsibility to protect Louisiana’s rich natural resources and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water.  Congratulations on your achievement which we celebrate today,” Barham noted.

Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadets’ transition to commissioned agents official.  “We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks.  They are well trained and will be required to hit the ground running when they get to their local regions.”

The 15 new agents are:

Andrew Arton, 26, of Breaux Bridge, assigned to Iberia Parish
Clinton Branton, 23, of Farmerville, assigned to Madison Parish
Lukas Breed, 24, of Farmerville, assigned to Lincoln Parish
William Carpenter, 41, of Jackson, Miss., assigned to St. Mary Parish
Jerod Coats, 22, of Albany, assigned to Ascension Parish
Patrick Dempsey, 25, of Lacombe, assigned to St. Charles Parish
William Holomon, 23, of Minden, assigned to Natchitoches Parish
Chelsea Kling, 30, of Hilo, Hawaii, assigned to St. John Parish
Gary Levron, 30, of Garyville, assigned to St. John Parish
Eric Little, 30, of Jonesville, assigned to LaSalle Parish
Lloyd Pearson, 21, of Holden, assigned to West Feliciana Parish
Mason Spillman, 21, of St. Francisville, assigned to Jefferson Parish
Nathan Vanya, 25, of Longview, Texas, assigned to Vermillion Parish
Blaine Wagner, 24, of Destrehan, assigned to St. Bernard Parish
Torris White, 40, of Ruston, assigned to Jackson Parish

During the graduation ceremony, Arton received the firearms award given for the best marksman in the class.  Holomon received the physical training award for being the most fit.  Vanya received the academic award for having the highest grades.  Branton won the overall award, which is a cumulative score from the firearms, academic and physical training categories.  The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association award for motivation and discipline was received by Jerod Coats.

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.

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

Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Address: 

Manchac Fire House
30221 Old US-51
Akers, La 70421

City: 
Akers
Notes: 

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lunch provided by the Manchac Boat Associations.

LDWF To Hold Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Thursday, Feb. 12

Release Date: 02/11/2015

EVENT:  28th Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy Graduation.

WHEN:  Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 - 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Louisiana Room, LDWF Headquarters Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

BACKGROUND:  The graduation will add 15 new agents to the LDWF Enforcement Division following six months of training.  The event will include the presentation of colors by the LDWF Enforcement Color Guard, presentation of awards and the Oath of Office ceremony.

LDWF agents enforce hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.  Their duties include checking hunters, fishers, dealers, restaurants, breeders, farmers and transporters for compliance with regulations governing limits, quotas, licenses, sizes, registrations, legal documents and accepted behavior.  Agents are also trained for search and rescue and maritime security missions.

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

LDWF Agents arrest Wanted Murder Suspect from Mississippi

Release Date: 02/11/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three Mississippi men in Tensas Parish on Feb. 10 for alleged drug and illegal weapon charges.

Agents arrested Jovanti Barnes, 22, Natchez, Kanari L. Screws, 23, of Natchez and Marcus Ebenezer Mallett, 27, of Jackson, for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Mallett was also charged with resisting an officer. 

During the investigation, Mallet, who provided several false names to agents, was found to be wanted in Mississippi for aggravated assault and murder in Jackson last week.

An LDWF agent apprehended the men after observing them walking away from a stalled vehicle on the side of Hwy. 65 north of St. Joseph.  LDWF Sgt. Joe Chandler contacted the men and asked if they needed assistance.  The men told Sgt. Chandler they had run out of gas while traveling from Tallulah to Natchez.

Sgt. Chandler transported Barnes to nearby St. Joseph to get fuel.  During the trip, Sgt. Chandler smelled the odor of marijuana on Barnes.  LDWF Senior Agent Joseph Tarver travelled back to the stalled vehicle with Sgt. Chandler and Barnes. 

After finding no drugs on the subjects, the agents received permission to search the stalled vehicle.  The agents found cocaine and a loaded semi-auto pistol in the vehicle.  All three subjects were arrested and found to have lengthy criminal histories, including armed robbery, grand theft, burglary, carjacking, and drug charges.

The agents transported two of the men while a Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy who arrived on scene during the arrest transported another to the Tensas Parish Jail.  Mallett is awaiting extradition to Mississippi for the murder charge.

Possession of cocaine brings up to a $5,000 fine and two to five in prison.  Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in prison.

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

Two Cited for Illegal Night Hunting in Jefferson Parish

Release Date: 02/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two residents of Jefferson Parish for alleged multiple hunting violations in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Chris Bourgeois, 20, of Westwego, on Feb. 2 and Kyle Frickey,18, of Marrero, on Feb. 3 for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours, hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, buying or selling rabbits, and taking over the limit of rabbits.  Bourgeois was also charged for hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip from an informant implicating the two subjects in night hunting violations.  The information and evidence gathered from social media enabled the agents to obtain a search warrant for a residence, cell phone data and social media account.  The initial evidence implicated the subjects in the alleged unlawful taking of approximately 60 rabbits, three coyotes and a whitetail deer.

Agents served the search warrants and interviewed Bourgeois and Frickey at their residences with Bourgeois providing a detailed written statement regarding the illegal hunting.  Agents seized a deer skull from Bourgeois and two coyote tails from Frickey that were deemed illegally taken.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road, buying or selling rabbits, taking over the limit of rabbits, and hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Tim Fox and Agent Kyle Wagner.

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

Reward Up to $3,000 for Information on Cut Down Trees In Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 02/06/2015

Cut down trees blocking navigation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

After further investigation by LDWF biologists and agents, LDWF has found up to 100 trees cut down on the WMA since early December of 2014.  Agents believe the trees were cut down to block navigation to the northern part of the WMA in order to keep other hunters out of the area.  The trees blocked all three entrances to an area known as the “Bean Field” in the northern part of the WMA.

The trees ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches in diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

LDWF has secured up to $1,000 in reward money each from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Spring Bayou Restoration Team and Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief.  The reward now totals up to $3,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day.   Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.

The penalty for cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage of state property and brings up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.  There may also be a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees and cleanup required.

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

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