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Two Men Arrested for Night Hunting in Orleans Parish

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 3 in Orleans Parish.

Agents cited Ruben F. Ramos, 37, and Andres Córdoba, 40, both living in New Orleans, for illegal discharge of a weapon and taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light.

Agents received a complaint of two subjects hunting deer at night near a neighborhood in New Orleans east.  Agents arrived on scene around 10:20 p.m. on Nov. 2 and observed two subjects running into the woods and a doe deer and a button buck deer at the location the subjects were last seen.

After a brief search for the subjects, agents found Ramos exiting the woods.  After an investigation, Ramos told agents that Córdoba was with him and where he lived.

Agents made contact with Córdoba at his apartment a few hours later and he showed the agents the shotgun that was used to take both deer.

Both men admitted to taking the deer and were arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish prison.  Agents seized the two illegally taken deer and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Illegal discharge of a weapon brings up to a $1,000 fine and two years of jail.  Taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Ramos and Córdoba could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $3,249.22.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Chuck Strain and Senior Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

Two Men Cited for Using Oversized Shrimping Nets

Release Date: 11/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Nov. 1 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Michael Labat, Jr., 32, of St. Bernard, and his deckhand Allen Labat, 26, of Poydras, for using oversized butterfly nets.  Agents also cited Labat, Jr. for failing to display a vessel registration decal and not having boat numbers.

Agents were on patrol in Bayou Terre aux Boeufs in Delacroix, when they observed a vessel actively shrimping without proper boat numbers or registration decal on the side of the vessel.  Agents made contact with the subjects on board the vessel and observed the frames on the vessel’s butterfly rigging to be unusually large.

Agents measured the nets at 22 ½ feet horizontally and 10 feet 10 inches vertically for each net.  Double butterfly nets may not be more than 16 feet horizontally or 12 feet vertically for each net.  In addition they may not be mounted more than 24 inches from the side of the vessel.

Agents found the subjects in possession of 172 pounds of shrimp at the time of the stop, which were seized and sold.

Using oversized butterfly nets brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to have boat numbers and vessel registration decal each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados, Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Senior Agent Patrick Dempsey.

Port Sulphur Man Arrested For Recreational Fishing Violations

Release Date: 10/31/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Port Sulphur man for alleged recreational fishing violations on Oct. 30 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Jonathan K. Ragas, 54, for intentional concealment of fish and taking undersized red drum and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish jail.

Agents made contact with Ragas while on patrol in the Port Sulphur area near Azalea Drive.  When agents approached Ragas he picked up a five-gallon bucket containing an unknown amount of red drum and threw them into the water.  The agents quickly grabbed the bucket and found it still contained two red drum under the legal limit of 16 inches.

Agents also found that Ragas is currently on five years of probation after he pled guilty in 2014 to his sixth count of harvesting oysters from a polluted area and public intimidation of an LDWF agent.

Intentional concealment of fish carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking undersized red drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.   Ragas may also be assessed civil restitution totaling $52.94 for the replacement value of the two red drum.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Villere Reggio.

November Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet

Release Date: 10/31/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Committee Agenda

November 3, 2016 - 9:30 A.M.

 

1.     Call to Order  

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of October 06, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege          

6.     Enforcement Reports October, 2016 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s October Meeting – Myron Fischer, Biologist

8.     Receive Announcement of the 2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest Winner – Larry Reynolds, Biologist

9.     Set Location and Time of December 01, 2016 Commission Meeting

10.  Set February, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

 

12.  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/274303240710990595

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.

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Illegal Oyster Harvesters Plead Guilty in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 10/18/2016

Four Terrebonne Parish people pled guilty and were sentenced in 32nd Judicial District Court in Terrebonne Parish on Oct. 13.

Judge Johnny Walker sentenced Zeth M. Lodrigue, 27, of Dulac, Tia C. Linson, 36, of Dulac, Damien L. Rel, 19, of Houma, and Anna C. Parfait, 20, of Bourg, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease without written permission.  Each subject was fined $900 plus court costs and placed on probation for two years.

Each defendant can also only harvest oysters on a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system for one year.  Each defendant must also complete 40 hours of community service within 90 days.  The oyster harvester license for the captain, Lodrigue, was revoked for one year.  The vessel used in connection with the violation was forfeited to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited the four subjects on May 13, 2016.  Agents found them illegally harvesting oysters from a private lease without permission in Trouble Bayou in lower Terrebonne Parish.  Agents seized 11 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Assistant District Attorney Seth Dodd prosecuted the case.  Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Adam Tieben.

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Two Otis Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 10/14/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Otis men for alleged deer hunting violations in Vernon Parish on Oct. 13.

Agents cited John E. Kosik, 25, and Jeffrey Pederson, 51, for possession of illegally taken deer and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations.  Kosik was also charged with being over the daily bag limit of deer.

After receiving an anonymous tip about the over harvest of deer, agents began investigating Kosik.  Kosik admitted to agents that he killed three antlered deer on Oct. 11 in Vernon Parish.  The investigation also revealed that Pederson assisted Kosik by tagging one of the deer that was harvested by Kosik on Oct. 11.

Hunters are allowed to take one antlered or one antlerless deer a day putting Kosik over the daily bag limit by two antlered deer.  Agents seized the three deer and donated them to a local charity.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the daily limit of deer 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.  The men could also face civil restitution totaling $5,282 for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Derek Ware and Lt. John Volentine.

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered the body of Louis Kibodeaux, 45, of Lake Charles, from the Intracoastal Waterway near Willow Lake around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.

A 26 year old female passenger was found alive clinging to a capsized flat bottom vessel by a passing tugboat around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.  She was then transported to a Lake Charles hospital where she is in critical condition.

LDWF agents along with the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard searched the area for Kibodeaux’s body after receiving the distress call from the tugboat.

LDWF agents recovered the 15 foot flat bottom vessel.  The vessel appears to have had a severe head on collision with an unknown object that ejected Kibodeaux and the female passenger into the water.  Neither person was wearing a personal flotation device at the time of impact.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  Kibodeaux’s body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

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