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LDWF Agent Makes Arrest in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 01/31/2017

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent arrested a Waterproof man for alleged drug, deer hunting and driving while intoxicated (DWI) violations on Jan. 29 in Concordia Parish.

LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason arrested Tyrone Washington, 46, for possession of hydrocodone, DWI, shooting from a levee road, and hunting from a moving vehicle and during illegal hours.

Sgt. Mason was on patrol when he observed Washington in the process of hunting from his vehicle and a Mississippi River levee road on the Tensas and Concordia Parish line.

When Sgt. Mason attempted to make contact with Washington he drove away.  After a brief chase, Sgt. Mason made contact with Washington and found a spike deer and doe in the back of the truck.  He also found him in possession of prescription pills without a prescription and under the influence while driving.

Sgt. Mason booked Washington into the Concordia Parish Jail and seized his .22 rifle and two deer.

Possession of hydrocodone without a prescription carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours 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.  Hunting from a levee road brings a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Washington may also face civil restitution totaling $3,249 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Two Avoyelles Parish Men Cited For Taking Game Fish Illegally

Release Date: 01/27/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited two men for alleged commercial fishing violations in Avoyelles Parish on Jan. 26.

Agents cited Donnyel W. Lapraririe, 60, and Phillip W. Lapraririe, 33, both from Effie, for taking gamefish illegally, illegal possession of gamefish, illegal net mesh size, taking commercial fish without a commercial license and gear license, and failing to tag/mark their nets.  Phillip Lapraririe was also cited for failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements, improper running lights and possessing an expired boat registration.

Agents were working an area of Old River in Vick where they had recurring reports of illegal gill netting activity when they found the men picking up nets out of the water and putting them into their vessel before daylight.  Agents then saw the men offload the nets at the bank.

Agents made contact with the men and found the men did not possess the required commercial fishing licenses and that the net mesh size was two inches.  After further investigation, agents also learned that the men possessed 13 freezer bags in a house freezer with each bag containing 10 gutted, scaled and headless crappie.  The men admitted to catching the frozen crappie with the same nets.

In the nets agents found 13 largemouth bass, 44 crappie, seven bullhead catfish, five gar, one bowfin, two carp and 11 shad.  Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

It is illegal to fish commercially with a gill net that has a mesh size smaller than three inches in the freshwater areas of the state and to take game fish with a commercial gill net.

Illegal possession of game fish, taking game fish illegally and using illegal mesh size each carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license and gear license, and failing to tag nets each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with PFD requirements, improper vessel running lights and possessing an expired boat registration each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling $1,109 for the replacement value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Douglas Anderson Jr., Senior Agent Heath Wood and Sgt. Byron Cammack.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Symposium Pre-registration Ends Monday; Grand Door Prizes Announcement

Pre-registration Ends Soon for Environmental Education State Symposium

It's almost time for the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, to be held February 3 & 4, 2017 at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Baton Rouge. While we enter the final planning phase and prepare for the big event, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission would like to announce that pre-registration for the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium and short courses end Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. On-site registration for the conference will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. February 3 and from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. February 4.
Educators from Bossier City to Chauvin, Lafayette to New Orleans and everywhere in between will be on hand to present information about their exciting and innovative environmental education projects and activities. 
If you register before Monday night, you'll have the opportunity to join in on one of the four remaining optional Friday short courses (see for details), but you'll have to hurry because each short course is approaching maximum capacity.

Grand Door Prizes Announced

Just in case we haven't convinced you to register yet, check out the fantastic Grand Door Prizes we'll be drawing for at the conclusion of the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium.
Ten winners will receive a cashier’s check to cover the cost of purchasing an Environmental Education specialty plate at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.
One winner will enjoy a weekend at a state park of their choice.
One winner gets to choose one from the following field studies with LDWF biologists between late March and July of 2017:
  • Take day trip to open pine habitat in Northwest Louisiana where we will be trying to catch the elusive Louisiana pinesnake.
  • Join the search for gopher tortoises. Staff will have a burrow camera in tow to scope burrows and document the presence or absence of tortoises, and a tortoise in hand to release in its new home on the north tract of Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management Area.
  • Accompany LDWF staff to inspect red cockaded woodpecker cavities for nesting activity with a telescoping video camera. Observe the capture and banding of RCW nestlings.

Concordia Parish Man Cited for Running Illegal Guide Service on WMA

Release Date: 01/24/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Concordia Parish man for allegedly guiding hunts on a wildlife management area (WMA) on Jan. 4 in Concordia Parish.

Agents cited William K. Sutton, 62, for not abiding by WMA rules and regulations after being found guiding hunts on Richard K. Yancey WMA.

Agents were on patrol in the area of the Richard K. Yancey WMA for the bucks only deer season in progress, when they observed a vehicle parked near an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail.  The vehicle was pulling a small trailer equipped with a dog kennel with another vehicle parked nearby with a New York license plate.

Agents then observed two subjects exiting the woods on foot from the ATV trail with one man carrying a shotgun and the other not armed, which was later revealed to be Sutton.

During the license and compliance check of the man carrying the shotgun, agents found he was carrying a magazine that included an advertisement for SDW Outfitters from Monterey, La., which is owned by Sutton.  At the bottom of the magazine page with the advertisement, agents observed a hand written note indicating that the man paid Sutton a $600 deposit and a post-it note with Sutton’s address.

The gun carrying man admitted to agents that he paid Sutton for his guiding services on the WMA.  After being confronted with the evidence, Sutton also confirmed receiving money for his guiding services on the WMA.

WMA rules and regulations state that nobody may act as a hunting guide for which they are paid by any other individual or individuals for services rendered to any other person or persons hunting on any WMA.

Operating an illegal guide service on a WMA brings a $100 to $350 fine plus court costs and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Trey Mason and Senior Agent Eric Little.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: LEEC Grant Request for Proposals Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2017-2018 Grants Program. The submission deadline for each of these grants is March 17, 2017. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only. See links to guidelines and applications for each category below.
Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team
Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact preservice and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500 – 
University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200 – 
Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000 - 
For more information on these grants or the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our website at: Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Symposium Program Available

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has released an electronic version of its 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium program. The 2017 Environmental Education Symposium will be held February 3rd and 4th at Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution Ave. This year's theme will be "Protecting Louisiana's Endangered Species." 

View the program here and plan your symposium experience by choosing among five concurrent sessions for each time slot during the event. Sessions are arranged by grade level; the program includes the speaker, a session description and the type of activities you can expect.

The program also features a map of the conference hotel, a bird's-eye view of the events, contact information for speakers and presenters, and short bio of our keynote speaker, Dr. Jessica Kastler of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center. 

If you plan on attending the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, but have not registered yet, visit

New Iberia Man Cited for Oyster Refrigeration Requirements in Lafourche Parish

Release Date: 01/19/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a New Iberia man for an alleged oyster violation on Jan. 15 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Scott J. Parker, 58, for violating the oyster sanitary code due to lack of refrigeration.

Agents were working along Old Hwy 1 just south of Leeville at approximately 4:15 p.m. when they observed two refrigerated trucks with oysters parked next to Bayou Lafourche.  Agents also noticed neither of the refrigerators on the vehicles were on.

Agents further learned that Parker purchased the 60 sacks of oysters.  The oysters had white tags depicting they were intended for raw consumption.  When agents checked the temperature of the trucks with the stored oysters they were both at 69 degrees.  Oyster sacks with white tags for raw consumption are to be stored and delivered at 45 degrees or lower.

Agents seized a total of 60 sacks of oysters and retuned them to the water.  Agents also issued a seizure order for the tractor and trailer used in conjunction with the violation.

Violating the refrigeration code for oysters brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Edward Ridgel and Lt. Louis Burnett.

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