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St. Bernard Crabber Cited for Numerous Violations

Release Date: 02/08/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged crabbing violations on Feb. 5, 2018.

Agents cited Lynn L. Alfonso, 41, for using crab traps without required markings, violating crab trap escape ring requirements, and taking commercial fish without a vessel license.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office also cited Alfonso and his deckhand for criminal trespassing.

Authorities observed Alfonso in the Point a La Hache area checking crab traps on private property.  Alfonso was also using crab traps without tags and with less than the required three escape rings.

Using crab traps without the required markings and violating crab trap escape ring requirements each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Bethany Man Caught On Game Camera Illegally Hunting and Trespassing

Release Date: 02/07/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Bethany man for alleged criminal and hunting violations on Feb. 3 in Caddo Parish.

Agents arrested Richard Wilson Jr., 38, for resisting an officer, theft, hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses, hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, criminal trespassing, and hunting deer using illegal methods.

Agents received a tip about a man being caught on a game camera hunting at night on a private lease without permission.  Agents setup surveillance on the area and observed a man fitting the description hunting at night.  When agents approached the man and identified themselves as LDWF agents, the man fled the area on foot.

Through further investigation, agents were able to identify the man as Wilson Jr.  Agents then got a search and arrest warrant for Wilson Jr.  Upon serving the warrants and during questioning, Wilson Jr. admitted to illegally hunting at night, not possessing the required hunting licenses, stealing game cameras, and using a .17 caliber rifle to hunt deer.

Wilson Jr. also admitted to taking an antlered deer during the 2016-17 hunting season and two antlered deer during the 2017-18 hunting season all at night without tags.

Agents seized two rifles, three sets of antlers and packaged deer meat.

Hunting deer at night carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Theft brings up to a $3,000 fine and five years in jail.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Wilson Jr. may also face civil restitution totaling $4,873 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued $4,800 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 02/06/2018

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $4,800 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Jan. 27 in Baton Rouge.

The LOGT board reviewed 13 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 23 subjects were apprehended and a total of 181 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 10 deer cases, an alligator case, and two migratory waterfowl cases.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

Missing Boater’s Body Recovered from St. Martin Parish Waterway

Release Date: 02/06/2018

Search crews recovered the body of a St. Martinville man from Bayou Amy this morning, Feb. 6, in St. Martin Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents along with deputies from the St. Martin and Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Offices recovered the body of Richard Pellerin, 54, from Bayou Amy around 8 a.m.

LDWF agents and sheriff office deputies were alerted around 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 about a capsized vessel found in Bayou Amy.  Agents and deputies learned the vessel was being operated by Pellerin and began searching for him.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.  Pellerin’s body was turned over to the St. Martin Parish coroner’s office.  Upon recovery there was no personal flotation device found on Pellerin’s body.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet Pledges Agency Support for At-risk Youth Program

Release Date: 01/30/2018

January 30, 2018 – Minutes after touring the AMIKids facility for at-risk youth located in rural Branch, LA, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Jack Montoucet pledged that LDWF would be bringing programs to the boys living there.

 

“We have an obligation to give these young people an opportunity to make changes in their lives. We have the opportunity to do it right now,” Montoucet said, adding that programs are on their way.

 

Montoucet’s comments came after three youth offenders led him and LDWF staff on a tour of the facility. The three boys described the various parts of the facility and gave the visitors a view into their lives and the others at the residential campus. The LDWF staff also met with teachers in classrooms.

 

AMIkids Acadiana, in Acadia Parish, partners with the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice to accept troubled youths assigned to its residential facility. The AMIkids is part of a state and national network of facilities with the goal of empowering kids to overcome their troubled past.

 

AMIkids Acadiana provides services to 36 students between the ages of 12-18 at the Branch facility. The juvenile offenders may be at the facility from several months to more than a year.

 

AMIkids Acadiana Executive Director Issac Williams introduced Montoucet to a number of the boys at the facility as they toured the classrooms, living quarters, cafeteria and recreation area.

 

He explained that the boys occasionally get a chance to fish, but having assistance from LDWF would enhance the outdoor experience. They have a few other activities they can receive for good conduct and work in the classrooms. “I think a partnership with (LDWF) could mean so much more for these boys,” Williams said.

 

Some of the possibilities mentioned by LDWF include archery, hiking, overnight stays at the agency’s research facilities and the establishment of on-campus outreach educational programs.

 

“With some of these things we can plant a memory with them that can stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said Montoucet, an avid fisherman and hunter. He committed to Williams that his staff will develop and execute an activity plan for the facility. 

 

Montoucet also said that LDWF would explore the possibility of introducing outreach activities at AMIkids other facilities in the state.

 

Williams said he is “excited” about Montoucet’s pledge and foresees a great working relationship.

 

“I really appreciate Mr. Montoucet recognizing a tremendous opportunity to educate our students on how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and respectful manner,’’ Williams said. “Furthermore, I truly believe that if our kids can pick up a hobby or take a liking to fishing and wildlife, it may have a positive effect on our recidivism.” 

 

Maggie Gladden, AMIkids Regional Development Officer, said: “Partnering with LDWF here at Acadiana and our other two Louisiana-based programs will be a wonderful benefit to our operations and more importantly the youth we serve. The potential for additional learning activities outside of the classroom will further strengthen our efforts to help at-risk youth find a brighter tomorrow.”

 

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov .  To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at  www.wlf.la.gov/signup 

 

 

AMIkids is a national nonprofit organization that serves at-risk youth in 44 local programs in nine states throughout the country. Since 1969, AMIkids has empowered more than 135,000 boys and girls from across the nation, helping to transform their lives and guide them towards a bright future. For more information, visit: AMIkids.org 

Joint Operation Leads to Night Hunting Citations and Arrests

Release Date: 01/30/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) enforcement agents working on a joint operation cited two men for alleged night hunting violations on Jan. 27 in Washington Parish in Louisiana and Walthall County in Mississippi.

LDWF agents cited Holden W. Saucier, of Franklinton, La., 19, and Paul L. Page, of Poplarville, Miss., 19, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.

MDWFP agents also arrested Saucier and Page for spotlighting for deer, hunting from a public road, hunting from a vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor.

LDWF agents and MDWFP agents were working in coordination after getting several complaints about night hunting in the Washington Parish and Walthall County areas.  After setting up surveillance in the area, LDWF agents observed a truck using a spotlight on the roof to shine fields first off Harvey Jefferson Rd. and then off State Line Rd.

LDWF agents notified the MDWFP agents working the Mississippi side about this behavior as the truck was going west on East Stateline Rd, which shares the border with Louisiana and Mississippi.  LDWF and MDWFP agents stopped the vehicle and found the men in possession of a spotlight, two rifles and a shotgun as well as alcohol in the vehicle.

The MDWFP agents seized the vehicle, spotlight and firearms and booked the men into the Walthall County Jail.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light in Louisiana brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a vehicle in Louisiana carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road in Louisiana brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Spotlighting for deer in Mississippi brings a $2,000 to $5,000 fine.  Hunting from a public road and from a moving vehicle in Mississippi each carries a $100 to $500 fine.

Agenda for the February Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/29/2018

The next regular commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

AGENDA:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of January 4, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report January 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Receive an update on Public comment relative to the 2018-19 and 2019-20 hunting seasons, 2018-19 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2019 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2018-19 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations – Tommy Tuma, Wildlife Biologist Director

8. Consider amendments to the 2018-19 and 2019-20 hunting seasons, 2018-19 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2019 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2018-19 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations – Tommy Tuma, Wildlife Biologist Director

9. To inform LWFC of other 2018-2019 Federal public land hunting seasons – Tommy Tuma, Wildlife Biologist Director

10. Update on Louisiana black bear management – Maria Davidson, Wildlife Biologist

11. To Receive the Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet – Jason Adriance, Biologist

12. Set June 2018 Commission Meeting Date

13. Receive Public Comments

14. Adjournment

 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1855119496543179009 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Short Course Spotlight: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit

Today is the final day to get the special Early Bird registration rate of $45 when you sign up to attend the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, February 23 & 24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, sponsored by Shell. 
 
Centered arount the theme “Green STEM,” the conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the exciting career opportunities opening to students in the decades to come. On Saturday, February 24, choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level. See the entire lineup at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/symposium-presenter-lineup.
 
You can also choose to attend an optional short course on Friday, February 23. These day-long environmental education workshops or tours focus on a single subject. Today, we're featuring two short courses: National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA and BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit.
 
The monarch butterfly is known for its uncommon beauty and its annual migration covering thousands of miles from the northern and central portions of the United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. You and your students can learn how to incorporate monarch recovery into the classroom using a project-based learning approach and develop an onsite monarch habitat on your school grounds with National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes & Eco-Schools USA.Turn your campus into a community resource center for this iconic and important pollinator species. Get an introduction to NWF's new Green STEM curriculum, The Monarch Mission, and learn how you can join NWF’s free international Eco-Schools network.
 
BREC is Baton Rouge's outdoor recreation authority, boasting more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in the region; including a state-of-the-art observatory, a swamp nature center and conservation areas, a performing arts theatre, an equestrian park, an art gallery, an arboretum, an accredited zoo, seven golf courses and an extreme sports park with a 30,000-foot concrete skate park, rock-climbing wall, BMX track and velodrome.
 
With the BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit, you can join Shannon Guidry, education curator at BREC's unique Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and recieve hands-on instruction on leaf presses, plant identification, bug catchers and pond sampling tools!  Located at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp - explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.
 
See all of the short course descriptions at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium#shortcourses. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.
 

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