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Two Louisiana Men Arrested for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/05/2014

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agent arrested two Louisiana men on Jan. 31 for alleged hunting violations on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

The agents were patrolling the NWR when they observed Duell S. Moreland, 23, of Monterey, walking down a trail shining a headlight in a searching manner.  Upon approaching Moreland with the aid of night vision, the agents identified themselves as police officers and told Moreland to do not move.  Moreland then attempted to run away on foot before being caught from behind by the agents.

The agents identified Moreland and learned that he is awaiting trial for the illegal killing of a black bear in Concordia Parish.  Moreland was found wearing a head light on his forehead, carrying a loaded crossbow equipped with a night vision scope, a loaded .444 rifle, possession of marijuana and another person’s deer tags.

The agents then went back to a nearby camp on private property where Moreland originated his illegal hunt from and found Ronnie Mason, 43, of Jonesville.  After further investigation, agents revealed that Mason is a convicted felon who was also illegally in possession of a firearm at the camp.

The agents also found a freshly killed untagged doe near the camp with several propeller cuts on its body.  An investigation revealed that while travelling to the camp Mason intentionally ran over the deer in his boat that was attempting to swim across Bayou Cocodrie.

Moreland was booked into jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, second offense of illegal possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods, and using archery equipment with illegal sights.  Mason was booked into jail for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Moreland turned himself into the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18, 2013, for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana Black Bear.

Possessing a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years in jail.  Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Second offense possession of marijuana carries a $250 to $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 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.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and using illegal sights each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason and USFWS Agent Mark Cupit.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Agents Arrest Sulphur Man for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/31/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sulphur man on Jan. 29 for alleged deer hunting violations in Sulphur.

Agents arrested, Chris G. Clark, 51, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season, discharging a firearm from public road and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.  Clark was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

Agents also cited two minors for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season and discharging a firearm from a public road.

LDWF agents received a complaint from the Calcasieu Parish Sherriff’s Office about a deer that was shot off of Ellis Moss Road in Sulphur.  Agents went to the scene and learned from an eye witness who was able to get the license plate number and a detailed description of the vehicle that was used in the illegal shooting of a deer.

The license plate information led agents to a residence in Sulphur.  Upon further investigation, agents learned that Clark drove the vehicle along with three minors to the location where deer were in a field off the road.  Clark equipped one of the minors with a .243 rifle and one with a 30-06 rifle.

After further investigation, agents learned that Clark and the three minors pulled up to the field where Clark then instructed two of the minors to open the door and fire simultaneously at a deer.  After both minors fired multiple shots killing the deer, they observed a vehicle approaching them from behind.  Clark and the three minors then left the scene and did not return.

Agents seized the .243 and 30-06 rifles and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense.  Hunting or taking deer during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Stuart Guillory, Senior Agent Sean Moreau and Senior Agent Chuck Talbert.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Guatemalan Man Cited For Deer and Alligator Violations

Release Date: 01/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Guatemalan man for alleged deer and alligator violations on Jan. 26 in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Julio Cesar Agu Marroquin, 30, who resides in Metairie, but is a legal resident of Guatemala, for hunting deer using illegal methods, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, obtaining a hunting license fraudulently, hunting without a non-resident license, hunting without a non-resident big game license, failing to comply with hunter education requirements, and illegal possession of alligator parts or skins during a closed season.

LDWF agents received a complaint about a man who was skinning a deer in his side yard of an apartment complex in Metairie.  The complainant stated that the man had alligator skins as well.

Agents arrived at the address and observed the subject in possession of a freshly killed untagged deer that he admitted to killing that morning with a 30-30 rifle in Orleans Parish.  That area is currently only open to bow or primitive firearms.

The subject proceeded to show the agents his resident basic and big game licenses that he purchased with a fake state identification card.

Possession of alligator parts and skins carries a fine of $400 to $950 or 120 days in jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods and obtaining hunting licenses fraudulently both bring fines of $250 to $500 or 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging harvest requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Hunting without non-resident basic and big game hunting licenses and failing to comply with hunter safety education requirements each bring a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Civil restitution for the replacement value of the deer and alligator in the amount of $2,000 could also be assessed for this case.

The agents seized the subjects 30-30 Winchester Rifle, the subjects fraudulently obtained licenses, the deer and the alligator skin and parts.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scot Keller, Sgts. Tim Fox, Kris Bourgeois and Jeff Boyd.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Arrest Marrero Man for Illegal Fish Sales

Release Date: 01/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents concluded an extensive investigation into the illegal sale of spotted sea trout and red drum on Jan. 24, 2014.

Agents arrested Joseph Morris III, 30, of Marrero, for alleged commercial fishing violations after undercover LDWF Agents purchased spotted sea trout and red drum from Morris’ residence in Jefferson Parish.

Agents also secured an arrest warrant from Plaquemines Parish after Morris again sold spotted sea trout and red drum to undercover agents and he also took agents on chartered fishing trips without the required charter boat license.

Commercial fisherman selling without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, and taking commercial fish without a vessel license each carries a max penalty of $500 and up to 90 days in jail plus court costs for each count.  Selling game fish illegally and possessing red drum commercially carries a max penalty of up to $500 and jail up to 30 days, license revocation, and forfeiture of anything seized for each count. Failing to comply with charter boat regulation and selling spotted sea trout without a permit, selling spotted sea trout without a rod and reel license, and taking or selling undersized spotted sea trout carries a max penalty of up to $950 or up to 120 days in jail or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.

He is also facing a total of $8,329.68 in civil restitution for the illegally taken and possessed fish.

Agents also placed a seizure order on two vessels and one vehicle that were used for these alleged offenses and are property of the State of Louisiana until this case is adjudicated in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.

Morris also had six outstanding warrants for his arrest in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

Lead agents participating in the case are LDWF’s Special Investigations Unit, and Sgt. Adam Young.  Assisting agents were Sgts. Villere Reggio, Kris Bourgeois, and Jeff Boyd with the assistance of Deputy Chad LaFrance with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF Enforcement Division Represented on National Recreational Safe Boating Commission

Release Date: 01/10/2014

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent has been appointed to serve on a newly formed national safe boating commission.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Executive Board appointed LDWF Capt. Rachel Zechenelly, of Baton Rouge, to the new Boating Professional Certification Commission.

“I’m honored and excited to be working on this new commission as we lay the groundwork for this new certification for recreational boating program management,” said Capt. Zechenelly.

The commission consists of 13 members that represent state, federal, nonprofit, industry and public stakeholder interests and will look at the National Recreational Boating Program in its entirety to develop the Recreational Boating Professional Certification.  The certification will be a voluntary program designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance and designate recreational boating professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to recreational boating program management.

Capt. Zechenelly is originally from Pearl River and joined the LDWF Enforcement Division in 1999.  In August of 2013, Capt. Zechenelly was named the Boating Law Administrator for the state of Louisiana.  She currently oversees the Enforcement Division’s marine theft investigations, boating crash incident investigations, and the statewide boating safety education program.

“Capt. Zechenelly is a great asset to our state’s safe boating program.  It is an honor to have our boating program once again receive national recognition and have a positive influence on the national boating program,” said Col. Jeff Mayne, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

NASBLA is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

NASBLA’s mission is to strengthen the ability of the state and territorial boating authorities to reduce death, injury and property damage associated with recreational boating and ensure a safe, secure and enjoyable boating environment.

The Commission will be comprised of representatives from major aspects of the recreational boating program, including training, law enforcement, vessel numbering/titling, education, access, waterway management and accident reporting.

The members and the categories they represent include:

• Rachel Zechenelly, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries — States
• John Adey, American Boat & Yacht Council, Boating Industry
• Laurel Anders, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission — States
• Robert Brandenstein, U.S. Power Squadrons — Nonprofit
• Mark Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol — States
• Ed Carter, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency — State Agency Management
• Virgil Chambers, Retired Recreational Boating Safety Professional — Public
• Michael Cortese, U.S. Coast Guard (Active Duty) — Federal
• Dan Hesket, Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism — States
• Stan Linnell, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks & Trails — States
• Eric Lundin, Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police — States
• Edwin Lyngar, Nevada Department of Wildlife — States
• Gary Owen, National Water Safety Congress — Nonprofit

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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