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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.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Final Day For Conference Hotel Group Rate

If you are planning on joining the LEEC for our 20th Environmental Education State Symposium and you live outside of the Baton Rouge area, today is your last day to receive the special group rate at Embassy Suites by Hilton, the conference host site. If you register today, you'll be charged the special rate of $98 per night (all rooms at the Embassy are suites). Book your suite at

And if you haven't done so already, be sure to register for the conference. The registration fee is just $50 and includes meals. Register at View the conference brochure at and find more information at

For more information about this and other LEEC programs, contact Thomas Gresham at



Support the LEEC by purchasing an Environmental Education specialty plate at

Two Men Cited for Possessing 52 Red Drum in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 01/12/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Jan. 10 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Danny Parnia, 52, and Ryan A. Pellegrin, 38, both of Houma, for possessing over the limit and undersized red drum.

Agents were on patrol and stopped a vessel for a license and creel compliance check in the lower Dulac area.  Agents found the two subjects in possession of 52 red drum with only nine of legal size.  This put the men 42 red drum over their daily possession limit of five per person.

Possessing over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing undersized red drum carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The men will also be subject to a fine of $25 per red drum that were over the legal limit bringing a total fine of $1,025.  Civil restitution may also be assessed for the illegally taken red drum totaling $1,111.74.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

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