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LDWF Agents Arrest Two Convicted Felons

Release Date: 12/06/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Mount Herman men on Dec. 3 in Washington Parish.

Agents arrested Teddie Williams, 26, and Catlin Williams, 21, for possessing a stolen firearm, being convicted felons and possessing a firearm, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer from a public road and moving vehicle, hunting without basic season and big game hunting licenses and deer tags.

Agents received information about gunfire at night northwest of Franklinton.  Agents setup surveillance off of Jim Edwards Rd. and observed the Williams’ in the vehicle driving slowly while spotlighting the fields and ditches.  Upon contact and further investigation, the Williams’ admitted to the illegal deer hunting.  Agents also found out that the Williams’ were convicted felons and in possession of a stolen .270 rifle.

Agents booked the men into the Washington Parish Jail where more charges may be pending for the theft of the rifle.

Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of jail.  Possession of a stolen firearm brings one to five years of jail.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road and without deer tags each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting deer without a basic season and big game hunting licenses each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Darryl Galloway, Sgt. Toby Miller and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Crane Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,

Please find the link below to the third quarterly newsletter for 2016. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Lafourche Parish

Release Date: 11/29/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Lafourche Parish.

The boating incident took place around 3 p.m. near Mud Lake along Bayou Des Allemands after a swamp tour airboat from Airboat Tours by Arthur collided with a mud boat.

The operator of the mud boat, Bart B. Dufrene Jr., 35, of Des Allemands, was pronounced deceased by the St. Charles Parish Coroner at the St. Charles Parish Hospital.  The airboat operator and the five passengers were uninjured.

According to the survivors on the airboat, the mud boat and the airboat were traveling in opposite directions on the same side of the bayou and collided while navigating a bend in the bayou.  Dufrene Jr. was ejected into the water and recovered by the airboat operator.  The airboat operator was then able to transport Dufrene Jr. to the shore where an ambulance was waiting to transport him to the St. Charles Parish Hospital.

The operator of the mud boat was not wearing a personal flotation device; however, it is unknown at this time if it could have prevented this fatality.  The St. Charles Parish Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

Agents Cite Two Men for Migratory Game Bird Violations in St. John Parish

Release Date: 11/29/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two men for alleged migratory game bird violations in St. John Parish on Nov. 26.

Agents cited Dane Haydel, 20, of Norco, and Jack Strohmeyer, 20, of Destrehan, were each cited for taking migratory game birds during illegal hours and possession of over the legal limit of wood ducks.

Agents received a call about shooting past legal hunting hours on private property near Laplace from a land owner in the area.  When agents arrived they could hear gun shots and were able to locate the subjects hunting in a pond.

Agents then began surveillance and recorded eight separate occasions of gunshots past legal shooting hours.  When agents stopped the two subjects they were in possession of 12 wood ducks, which is six over the daily bag limit of three per person.

Hunting migratory game birds past legal shooting hours and over the daily limit of wood ducks each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized the wood ducks and donated them to a local charity.  The men may also face civil restitution penalties totaling $140.40 for the replacement value of the illegally taken wood ducks.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Jason Russo and Senior Agent Gary Levron.

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