Enforcement

$10,000 Reward Offered for Information on Shooting of Endangered Whooping Crane in Vermilion Parish

Release Date: 01/21/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are looking for leads regarding an endangered whooping crane that was found shot in Vermilion Parish.

The crane was found just south of Zaunbrecher Road and north of Gueydan on Nov. 2 with an apparent bullet wound to her upper left leg. The bird was transported to the LSU Vet School where she was euthanized on Nov. 3. A necropsy result received on Jan. 8 confirmed that the crane was shot in the leg.

Up to $10,000 is being offered by various groups for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of this whooping crane. LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are each offering a reward of $1,000; The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering up to $5,000; and the department secured $3,000 from anonymous donors.

“Anytime we lose one of these cranes it sets us back in our efforts to restore the whooping crane population to its historic levels in Louisiana,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “These cranes were once native birds to Louisiana and the department would like to see them thrive again in the future with a sustainable population.”

Julia Breaux, Louisiana state director for The HSUS, said: “Killing a whooping crane is a serious crime. We are grateful to LDWF Enforcement Division agents for their critical work to stop the poaching of these birds, which undermines the agency’s efforts to restore and protect whooping cranes in Louisiana.  We urge anyone with information to step forward so the offender may be brought to justice.”

Anyone with information regarding this illegal killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, residents 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.

LDWF has released 64 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 40 whooping cranes.  The crane in this case had been released in January of 2014 and represents the sixth whooping crane found shot since the birds were released.

The re-introduced whooping cranes came from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md., and they were placed in the coastal marsh of Vermilion Parish within LDWF’s White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). This re-introduced population marked the first presence of whooping cranes in the wild in Louisiana since 1950.

LDWF is working cooperatively with the USFWS, USGS, the International Crane Foundation and the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to bring the species back to the state. This non-migratory flock of whooping cranes is designated as a non-essential, experimental population but is protected under state law, the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Whooping cranes, the most endangered of all of the world’s crane species, were first added to the federal status of an endangered species on March 11, 1967.

Historically, both resident and migratory populations of whooping cranes were present in Louisiana through the early 1940s. Whooping cranes inhabited the marshes and ridges of the state’s southwest Chenier Coastal Plain, as well as the uplands of prairie terrace habitat to the north. Within this area, whooping cranes used three major habitats: tall grass prairie, freshwater marsh, and brackish/salt marsh.  The Louisiana crane population was not able to withstand the pressure of human encroachment, primarily the conversion of nesting habitat to agricultural acreage, as well as hunting and specimen collection, which also occurred across North America. The last bird in southwest Louisiana was removed to a sanctuary in 1950.

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

Joint Enforcement Agreement Patrol Leads To Recrerational Fishing Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 01/21/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Belle Chasse man for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Jan. 17.

Agents cited Mot Truong, 36, for taking red snapper during a closed season, taking over the limit of red snapper, taking undersized red snapper, taking undersized grey triggerfish and taking over the limit of grey triggerfish.

Agents came into contact with Truong while on a Joint Enforcement Agreement Patrol (JEA) seven miles offshore in state territorial waters tied to an oil rig in his vessel.  Truong was observed fishing on the back deck of the vessel and was stopped and inspected.

When agents boarded the vessel, Truong was in possession of 50 red snapper and 29 grey triggerfish.  Of the 50 red snapper, 28 were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches and he exceeded the daily bag limit of two fish by 48 if the season was open.  He also exceeded his limit on grey triggerfish by nine and 16 were under the prescribed size limit of 14 inches.

Taking red snapper during a closed season carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days of jail.  Taking over the limit of red snapper and grey triggerfish and taking undersized red snapper and grey triggerfish each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Truong also faces a civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish in the amount of $1,468.58.

The red snapper season closed in state waters on Dec. 31, 2014.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Lt. Scot Keller and Agent Travis Bartlett.

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

Three Cited For Taking Oysters From A Polluted Area In Lafourche Parish

Release Date: 01/20/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited three Golden Meadow residents for alleged oyster fishing violations near Bayou Blue located in Lafourche Parish on Jan. 17.

Senior Agent Thomas Wolf was responding to a complaint of harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area when he spotted a vessel harvesting oysters from the unapproved area.  After stopping the vessel, Wolf cited John Mejia, 50, Talasha C. Nelson, 34, and Jeffrey L. Shepard, 58, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area.

Wolf seized and returned four sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the dredges and vessel.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The subjects could also forfeit any seized equipment if convicted.

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

Off Duty LDWF Agent Reports Fishing Violations

Release Date: 01/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for fishing violations on Jan. 10 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Nelson D. Robinson, 47, of Luling, Vernell C. McBride, 44, of Houma, and Troy A. Dangerfield, 37, Houma, for fishing without basic and saltwater fishing licenses and for possessing over the limit of red drum.

An LDWF agent in his off time was fishing near Bayou Chauvin when he came into contact with Dangerfield and Robinson fishing the same area.  The men didn’t know he was an agent and told him they already caught their daily limit and were heading back where they would drop off their fish and head back out to catch another daily limit.

The agent and the men made their way to the Ashland Public Boat Launch in Grand Cailou.  The agent was able to document the men give 10 red drum to McBride who was waiting for them on shore.  The two men then relaunched the vessel to catch more fish.

The agent was able to call two on duty agents about what was happening and also gave a description of the boat and truck the men were using.  The two agents arrived on the scene shortly after 10 a.m. and waited for the men to come back with more red drum.

Around noon, Dangerfield and Robinson came back from their second trip where McBride was again waiting.  The agents were able to make contact and found the three men in possession of 25 red drum.  The daily limit is five red drum per person per day.

Possessing over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Also, the men face an additional $25 per fish over the limit and since they did not possess fishing licenses all 25 are considered over the limit resulting in a $625 fine.  Not possessing a basic and saltwater fishing license each carries up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  The men may also face a $661.75 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the fish.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie, who was the off duty agent, Sgt. Richard Purvis and Lt. Joseph Arnaud.

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

Coushatta Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/13/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Coushatta Man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 7 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Russell L. Long Jr., 31, for hunting deer during illegal hours and with artificial light, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, hunting without basic hunting and big games licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and discharging a firearm from a public road.

Around 2:36 a.m. on Jan. 7 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle using a spotlight on Catfish Bend Road and tried to pull the vehicle over.  After a brief pursuit the deputy was able to stop the vehicle driven by Long Jr. and notify LDWF agents about possible deer hunting violations.

When agents arrived on the scene they found a 7-mm rifle and spotlight in Long’s vehicle.  The agents then recovered a doe deer from where Long Jr. was found spotlighting from his vehicle.  After questioning, Long Jr. admitted to shooting the deer with the rifle.

Hunting during illegal hours and with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting deer from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.  Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Participating in the case are LDWF Sgt. Chuck Dison and Sgt. Patrick Staggs along with RRSO Lt. Melvin Massey.

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

Region 8 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Address: 

Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447

City: 
Madisonville, La
Notes: 

9:15 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Please call 504-284-2023 to register.

This class is part of LDWF's Boating Safety Lagniappe Day and includes door prizes, food and drinks.

Commission Adopts Notice of Intent for Revisions to Deer Management Assistant Program

Release Date: 01/08/2015

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today adopted a notice of intent for clarification to the rules and regulations pertaining to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the changes to clarify for program participants when the harvest of antlerless deer is permitted.  Antlerless deer may be harvested any day of the deer season on property enrolled in DMAP provided a DMAP tag is possessed by the hunter at time of harvest.

Under DMAP, LDWF biologists work with participating hunting clubs and private landowners to accomplish their specific goals and objectives for deer population management.

To view the full, amended notice of intent, visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings through April 3, 2015. Comments will also be accepted by mail sent to Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Division, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 9800, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898-9000 or via email to jbordelon@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at 225-765-2344 or jbordelon@wlf.la.gov.

Sunset Man Arrested for Illegal Night Hunting Activities

Release Date: 01/06/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sunset man for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 3 in St. Landry Parish.

LDWF agents arrested Allen W. Moreau, 40, for hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting deer during illegal hours and booked him into the St. Landry Parish Jail.

Agents setup surveillance in an area known as Swayze Lake near Palmetto after receiving complaints from area hunters about night hunting.  Agents observed Moreau shooting a deer with a .243 rifle on Swayze Lake Road from his vehicle around 8:15 p.m.  Agents were able to make contact and arrest Moreau shortly after he shot the deer.

Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Moreau could also face a $1,624 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ryan Faul, Sgt. Nick Guillory and Senior Agent Brandon Fontenot.

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

Four Men Cited for Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 12/31/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana residents for alleged migratory game bird violations on Dec. 29 in Acadia Parish.

Agents cited August Guillory, 30, of Morse, Tyler Boone, 21, of Mermentau, Jason Myers, 35, of Morse,and Trevor Myers, 21, of Morse, with hunting across a public road, wanton waste and intentional concealment of wildlife.  Jason and Trevor Myers were also cited for hunting without a residence license.

On the evening of Dec. 29, agents received a complaint about shots being fired near a residential area in Morse.  Senior Agent Derek Logan responded to the scene and observed Boone and Guillory on an all-terrain vehicle in a field with four wounded light geese.

The men said they had left other birds and their licenses at their house. When the agent went with the men to retrieve their licenses there were five more light geese at the camp.

Upon further investigation, the Guillory and Boone admitted that Jason and Trevor Myers were hunting from across a subdivision road earlier in the evening.  Agent Logan and the men were able to retrieve an addition two birds from the field the men had been hunting.

Intentional concealment of wildlife evidence and wanton waste each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting without a license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Hunting across a public road 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.

LDWF Cites Two Men for Operating Vessel with Suspended Driver’s License

Release Date: 12/31/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made two alleged operating a vessel with a suspended driving license during the past month in Jefferson and Orleans Parish.

On Dec. 7 at 8:50 p.m. in Bayou Segnette agents cited Derrick J. Margiotta, 25, of Westwego for operating a vessel with a suspended driving license, no running lights, no possession of a mandatory boating safety education card, expired vessel registration, and failing to change ownership of the vessel to himself within 45 days of purchase.

On Nov. 24, agents cited Patrick C. Seiner, 23, of Baton Rouge, in Chef Menteur Pass for operating a vessel with a suspended driving license.

Both Seiner and Margiotta had their driving privileges suspended for previous Driving While Under the Influence (DWI) convictions.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

The LDWF Boating Safety Program teaches a mandatory boating safety education course for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who operates a vessel in excess of 10 horsepower.  For a schedule of courses, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

Operating a vessel while under license suspension brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Operating a vessel at night with no running lights, no possession of the boating education card, expired vessel registration and failing to change ownership of the vessel each carry up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

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

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