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Single Boating Incident Leads to Fatality in Iberia Parish

Release Date: 04/18/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovered the body of a St. Martinville man from an Iberia Parish waterway this afternoon, April 18.

The body of William Londo Jr., 56, was recovered around noon from a borrow pit near Lake Fausse Point about 10 miles north of Charenton.  His body was turned over to the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

According to family of Londo Jr., he left home to go fishing in his small flat fishing vessel around 7:30 a.m. on April 17.  After he didn’t return home from fishing, the family contacted authorities.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating fatality.  It is unknown at this time how Londo Jr. entered the water.  His body was found without a personal flotation device.

Three Men Arrested for Oyster Theft in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 04/18/2018

LDWF agents cited three St. Bernard men for alleged commercial fishing violations on April 17 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Bruce M. Guerra III, 34, Joseph E. Mitchell Jr., 58, and Tory A. Hoo, 33, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

Agents were on patrol in Lake Coquille when they observed the three men in a vessel actively dredging for oysters in an area not leased to them around 12:30 p.m.

Agents seized 27 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also seized two oyster dredges and placed a forfeiture order for Guerra's vessel.  Agents then booked the men into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failing to have written permission both carry up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.

The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF 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 that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Two Louisiana Men Found with Twice the Daily Limit of Speckled Trout

Release Date: 04/18/2018

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations on April 17 in Plaquemines Parish.

The agent cited Frank Boeckl, 53, of Metairie, and Spencer Prechter, 33, of New Orleans, for over the limit of speckled trout.

Agents received information that the suspects were allegedly “tripping” speckled trout out of Empire.  An agent made contact with the suspects and discovered they were in possession of 103 speckled trout.

During questioning, the suspects admitted to having already caught 50 speckled trout earlier in the morning, which they brought to their camp.  They then returned to the water and caught an additional 53 trout.

The daily limit for speckled trout is 25 per person.  Agents seized the 103 speckled trout and donated them to a local charity.

Possessing 50 or more speckled trout over the limit carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Every speckled trout over the daily limit is also subject to a $25 fine, which totals $1,325 for this case.

The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $1,535.41.

Agents Make Closed Season Shrimp Case in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 04/17/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two people for alleged shrimping violations on April 13 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Mark A. Matherne, 47, of Slidell, and Jessica Frelich, 30, of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.

Agents found the two subjects approximately one mile inside the closed waters of Bastian Bay.  During the stop, agents seized 60 pounds of shrimp and returned them to the water.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system, which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

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Two People from Rayne Cited for Shooting Whooping Cranes

Release Date: 04/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited a Louisiana man and a juvenile on April 3 in Acadia Parish for allegedly shooting two endangered whooping cranes.

After an almost two-year investigation, LDWF agents cited Kaenon A. Constantin, 25, and a juvenile from Rayne, for violating the Endangered Species Act, hunting from a public road and obstruction of justice.

The cranes were found just south of Rayne off of Hwy. 35 and Hains Hwy. on the afternoon of May 20, 2016.  The cranes were recovered and sent in for a necropsy, which revealed they were both shot.

Through the course of the investigation, agents determined that Constantin and the juvenile shot the two whooping cranes with .22 caliber rifles on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from a public road.

Agents seized two .22 caliber rifles and an ATV in connection with the violations.

Violating the Endangered Species Act brings up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries up to a $15,000 fine and six months in jail.  Obstruction of justice brings up to 10 years in jail.

LDWF has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 66 whooping cranes.  The cranes in this case were released in December of 2015.

14 Subjects Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 04/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited 14 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2018 turkey hunting season.  Turkey season opened on April 7 in all three turkey hunting areas.

On April 7 agents cited:

Jason Stilley, 43, of Independence, for hunting turkey over a baited area and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Livingston Parish.

Nicholas McAlister, 29, of Kenner, for hunting turkey over bait and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in St. Helena Parish

Andrew Skinner, 20, of Woodville, Miss., for hunting turkey without a big game license, hunting turkey without a wild turkey license and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in West Feliciana Parish.

Brian J. Moreau, 42, of Blanchard, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Bossier Parish.

Bryan E. Bryant Jr., 22, of Columbia, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Caldwell Parish.

Stuart C. Baum, 27, of Calhoun, for hunting turkey over a baited area and without a wild turkey license in Caldwell Parish.

Lucas Kyle Stamper, 34, of Clarks, for hunting turkey without a wild turkey license and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Caldwell Parish.

Axexander L. Heard, 19, of Ragley, for hunting turkey without a wild turkey license and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Beauregard Parish.

On April 8 agents cited:

Jon Brumfield, 63, of Greenwell Springs, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in East Feliciana Parish.

Francis T. Elder, 48, of Washington, for hunting turkeys without a resident basic hunting license, big game license and wild turkey license in Catahoula Parish.

Jordan J. Gibson, 34, of Lafayette, for failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Rapides Parish.

Ricky J. Kennedy, 49, of Farmerville, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Union Parish.

Austin B. Kennedy, 18, of Farmerville, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Union Parish.

Matthew W. Nugent Jr., 19, of Dry Prong, for possession of an illegally taken turkey and criminal trespassing on state property in Winn Parish.

According to the 2018 Turkey Regulations, 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.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey license and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing a basic hunting license, big game license and wild turkey license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

St. Bernard Man Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged commercial fishing violations on April 2.

Agents cited Willard F. Guillot III, 55, for possessing commercial fish without a vessel license, possessing immature female crabs, and possessing crabs during a closed season.

While on patrol in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in St Bernard Parish, agents observed Guillot running crab traps.  Agents made contact with Guillot and found him in possession of a three crates of crabs.

The commercial harvest of female blue crabs is prohibited during the months of March and April.  Commercial fishermen are allotted two percent incidental take of immature female/female crabs for the total number of crabs in his possession.

Agents determined that the three crates contained 38 percent, 54 percent and 12 percent of female and immature female crabs.  Agents seized 350 pounds of crabs and returned them to the water.

Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking immature female crabs and female crabs during the closure each carry a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Texas Woman Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife And Fisheries Enforcement Division cited a Texas woman for alleged crabbing violations on April 5.

LDWF agents cited Lieu Ha Le, of Bridge City, Texas, for taking female crabs during a closed season and violating interstate commerce regulations.

LDWF agents along with Texas Parks and Wildlife agents are working jointly to detect Texas commercial fishermen coming into Louisiana waters and catching female crabs and then selling them in Texas.

There is currently a closure on the taking of female crabs in Louisiana waters for the commercial fishermen during the months of March and April.  There is no closure for the take of female crabs in Texas waters.  Agents also learned that Le does not possess the required licenses for crabs in Texas because of past violations.

LDWF agents observed Le running crab traps in Louisiana waters and then notified TPW agents about Le trying to sell her catch at a seafood dock just off the Sabine River in Texas.

LDWF agents seized two crab crates containing 48 female crabs and returned the crabs to the water.

Violating interstate commerce regulations carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking female crabs during a closed brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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