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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

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.”



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



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: 

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.


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  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

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 To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at

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
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 Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.


Support the LEEC by purchasing an Environmental Education specialty plate at



Symposium Presenter Lineup

Jan 31, 2018 14:59:14 PST

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Baton Rouge Marriott


8:00 a.m.

Napoleon Room

STEM Event Planning
General (K-12)
You will easily become the most popular science teacher with these STEM event ideas; hold a STEM night, have a STEM fair, plan an engineer’s week event in your classroom, and so much more! Use a STEM event to connect families with local outreach groups, scientists and engineers. We will walk you through the basic steps of planning and holding a Green-themed STEM event. A sample schedule of each event, timeline for planning, tools for finding community partners, sample email to send to potential community partners, and online resources will be provided.
Presenter: Kristen Robertson Oliveri, Kenner Discovery - Health Sciences Academy

Beauregard Room

Let's Go Fishing
K-4th Grade, 5th-8th Grade
Join us to explore LDWF's updated aquatic education, interactive, student activity guidebook for 4th through 6th grade students. The book is correlated to the new LA Science Standards. Students will learn biodiversity of Louisiana fish species, spawning habits, fish external and internal anatomy, aquatic food webs, invasive species and much more. Teachers can download lesson plans and background information to aid in assisting students with book activities or book-directed research topics. Classroom sets of the Let's Go Fishing book are FREE to all schools while supplies last.
Presenter: Angela Capello, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Azalea Room

Watch the Delta Grow
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Experience Wax Lake Delta, a living laboratory in Louisiana delta formation. Watch the Delta Grow is a unique collaboration between scientists, educators and designers to illustrate physical and biological processes in our state. Lessons focus on how a delta builds and changes over time and space.
Presenter: Dani DiIullo, Louisiana Sea Grant

Magnolia Room

Composting and Aquaponics
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Creating a significant environmental presence in your classroom and school grounds is greatly enhanced with grants from LEEC. A cafeteria composting program was created in 2016 and this was followed by aquaponics in the classroom in 2017. Aquaponics gives students hands-on experience growing food while learning about aquaculture.
Presenter: John Dupuis, St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Camelia Room

Microplastics in our Environment
8th-12 Grade, AP/College
We will filter water and look through soil samples to identify microplastics. Teachers will learn techniques to collect samples and analyze for microplastics in any water or soil around them.
Presenter: Alma Robichaux, BTNEP

9:00 a.m.

Napoleon Room

Dissecting the new LA Science Standards
General (K-12)
New standards can be both overwhelming and confusing to educators, especially multidimensional ones. This session will provide you with a better understanding of them, give you more confidence in using them and resources so that you can effectively use them in your teaching.
Presenter: Lynda Delo, Caddo Parish Schools

Beauregard Room

Turnip the Heat
K-4th Grade, 5th-8th Grade
Compost Production Education. Learn technical information about school based compost production and specific teaching methods for integrating a compost curriculum. Edible Schoolyard New Orleans will explore challenges, lessons learned, and successes from each of our four program sites.
Presenter: Matt Durham, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Additional Presenters: Kerrie Partridge, Zach O'Donnell

Azalea Room

Listen, Learn, Lead - Empowering the Next Generation 
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Do you supervise a Green Club, assist with an Environmental Club or just have a student who wants to change the world? Join us as we discuss current environmental issues, conservation initiatives and opportunities for youth to make a difference. You can also join our listserv for updates on upcoming Eco Club workshops to bring chapter advisors together, share ideas and discuss options for collaboration among the clubs.
Presenter: Stephanie Joseph, Audubon Zoo

Magnolia Room

GIS Industry Based Certification and It's FUN!
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
For this presentation we will use Esri's Story Map application to present GIS software, Geo Inquiries which are ready to go lesson plans for much of the content currently being taught and information on how to register for the GIS IBC course and credential.
Presenter: Fran Harvey, LA RS and GIS Institute

Camelia Room

Shining Light on Pollution
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade, AP/College
Are you interested in adding coding or tinkering with electronics into your curriculum but not sure where to start? Come learn how to build your own air pollution detector using an Arduino and basic electronics. No prior experience with code, electrical engineering, or environmental measurements needed! A limited number of tablets will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.
Presenter: Jen Irving, Louisiana State University
Additional Presenter: Maud Walsh

10:30 a.m.

Napoleon Room

Classifying Classroom Pets
General (K-12)
Which animals make good classroom pets? What constitutes a "good" pet? Pets in the classroom can be a wonderful way to teach students, but how do we do it properly? Join us to discuss if an animal in the classroom is the right option for you, your teaching style, your students, and- most importantly- the animal.
Presenter: Tyler Annarino, Audubon Nature Institute

Beauregard Room

Using Picture Books in Environmental Education
K-4th Grade
For elementary students topics of the environment can be overwhelming and/or uninteresting. Using selected science and nature picture books, THREE LITTLE SHRIMP and THE OAK TREE, this session will assist science teachers, parents and other educators in how to use both books to help elementary children learn about Louisiana's environment. By the end of the session attendees will be able to use these and other books to build a practical interest in our environment.
Presenter: Steve Spires, Honey Island Elementary

Azalea Room

STEM Activities for a Sustainable Planet
5th-8th Grade 
Discover hands-on activities on real-world human ecology concepts (population growth, natural resource use and biodiversity) while building foundational math and science skills. Receive electronic lesson plans matched to state standards.
Presenter: Monica Pasos, Audubon Nature Institute

Magnolia Room

Supporting Student-directed Research on Coastal Topics
8th-12 Grade
We will share lessons learned and best practices for supporting student-centered, place-based, science research at several schools in Greater New Orleans; Students will help guide you through the process of developing a testable question about coastal wetlands topics, developing a research plan, field-based data collection and analysis, and producing the final product.
Presenter: Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans
Additional Presenters: Marla Watts

Camelia Room

Engaging High School Students in Future Water Quality Challenges
8th-12 Grade, AP/College
Water quality and quantity are important to global stability, human health, economic development and food supplies. Baylor University and Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi are partnering on a project focused on examining how things we use in our everyday lives can end up in wastewater, and potential impacts to the aquaculture industry. Professional development opportunities for teachers and informal science educators will be shared during this session.
Presenter: Melissa Mullins, Baylor University

2:00 p.m.

Napoleon Room

There's a Marsh in my Backyard?
General (K-12)
Come learn about LPBF's urban marsh located right at the mouth of Bayou St. John. Discover the many opportunities for students to learn about marsh ecosystems, stewardship, and water quality. Find out how LPBF's educators can involve your students in meaningful outdoor education experiences.
Presenter: Joann Haydel, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Beauregard Room

Alligator Cuisine
5th-8th Grade
Participants will take part in a simulation scenario in which they will be determining food “preferences” of alligators. Teachers will examine alligator specimens! They will also create a food web from alligator food chain cards and experience a LEAP like task-assessment.
Presenter: Brian Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Middle School Science Consultant

Azalea Room

Journey 2050
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Explore world food sustainability on this virtual simulation that encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact of social, economic and environmental factors at a local and global scale. Discover how easily this inquiry based approach to global food issues fits into the curriculum.
Presenter: Tiffany Ballow, Nutrients for Life

Magnolia Room

Climate Change Graphics
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
Climate Change graphics focuses on enhancing observation and interpretation skills through climate data, graphs and maps in science, math and geography classrooms. The graphics are directly from published research on climate and climate change and can be examined individually or in groups. Each graphic has focus questions to help students interpret what they see in the graphic. Keys are provided.
Presenter: Dianne Lindstedt, Louisiana State University

Camelia Room

Energy Efficiency: Making a Difference Can Start Early
5th-8th Grade, 8th-12 Grade
The school building is a perfect learning laboratory for students to explore energy consumption & conservation utilizing tools like a Kill-A-Watt meter, Flicker Checker, & light meter. Join in this hands-on session as we investigate and measure energy consumption, determine costs, quantify environmental effects, and devise a plan to reduce energy use.
Presenter: Judy Reeves, National Energy Education Development Project

Short Course Spotlight: Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure

As long as humans have inhabited the area now known as Southeast Louisiana, we’ve depended on the Mississippi River for transportation, food and agriculture. It is at the very center of our business and cultural lives. And as long as we’ve lived near its banks, we’ve struggled to control its waters.
In 1963, the US Army Corps of Engineers completed construction on the Old River Control Structure. Designed to prevent the river from changing its course to the Gulf, the complex system of locks, dams and channels diverts water into the Atchafalaya Basin to prevent flooding in ports and towns from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
Join Dinah Maygarden and Ivan Gill from the University of New Orleans on this tour, hosted by the Corps. The site visit features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system, and a trip to the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
This optional short course is presented as a part of the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, sponsored by Shell. Featuring the theme “Green STEM,” the conference is an exciting opportunity to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level. 
See all of the short course descriptions at Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.


Support the LEEC by purchasing an Environmental Education specialty plate at



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