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Port Barre Man Cited for Taking Spotted Fawn on WMA

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Port Barre man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 28.

Agents cited Zach Bellard, 25, of Port Barre, for violating Wildlife Management Area (WMA) rules and regulations and taking a spotted fawn.

Agents made contact with Bellard while checking deer hunters during the bucks only firearms season on the Sherburne WMA.

Agents found Bellard in possession of a spotted anterless deer, which was in violation of the bucks only season for the time.

Agents seized the spotted fawn.

Taking a spotted fawn brings a $500 to $750 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Violating WMA rules and regulations brings a brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Bellard could also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

East Carrol Parish Man Cited for Nighttime Deer Hunting

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Lake Providence man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 1 in East Carroll Parish.

Agents cited Bobbie Harvey, 52, for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light.

Agents received a tip from the public about shots being fired in the early morning hours in Lake Providence on Dec. 25, 2018.  Agents patrolled the area before legal shooting hours and found Harvey with a recently harvested eight point deer on Jan. 1.

During the investigation, Harvey also admitted to taking a nine point deer during the nighttime hours on the morning of Dec. 25, 2018.

Agents seized both deer.

Taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Harvey may also face civil restitution totaling $3,658 for the replacement value of the two deer.

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 12 New Agents at Graduation

Release Date: 01/04/2019

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 12 New Agents at Graduation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy today, Jan. 4, graduated its 32nd class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.

After six months of training at the academy, 12 newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  “Your qualifications are impressive and your commitment to complete the training speaks for itself,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet in his address to the first class of cadets to start and complete training under his administration. “I congratulate you all on becoming part of a great team – a family – whose goal is to protect and serve the people, visitors, and the fish and wildlife resources of Louisiana.”

Col. Sammy Martin, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadet’s transition to commissioned agents official.  “Congrats are in order as we welcome these 12 new graduates into the ranks of agents,” said Col. Martin.  “Completing six months of training gives us and them the confidence they will be able to take the next step as agents in what we hope are long and successful careers with the Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division.”

The 12 new agents are:

Michael Blanchard, of Breaux Bridge, assigned to Southern Strike Force
Cole Cupit, of Vidalia, assigned to Concordia Parish
Raymond Davis, of Jena, assigned to Catahoula Parish
Nicholas Firmin, of Ville Platte, assigned to East Baton Rouge Parish
Jeremy Foret, of Morgan City, assigned to St. Mary Parish
Kevin Hawkins, of Gadsden, Ala., assigned to Assumption Parish
Christopher Hebert, of Prairieville, assigned to Southern Strike Force
Adriel Herrera, of El Paso, Texas, assigned to Allen Parish
Dalton Herrington, of Minden, assigned to Bossier Parish
Nelson Kennerson, of Carencro, assigned to Iberville Parish
Suni Nelson, of Lafayette, assigned to Winn Parish
Emily Sexton, of Shongaloo, assigned to Northern Strike Force

During the graduation ceremony, Firmin received the firearms award given for the best marksman in the class.  Nelson received the physical training award for being the most fit.  Nelson received the academic award for having the highest grades.  Nelson also won the overall award, which is a cumulative score from the firearms, academic and physical training categories.

Montoucet also greeted the family of Immanuel Washington. Washington died during cadet training last year.

“I have to make a presentation that no one in my position ever wants to make,” he said to Washington’s wife, family and the audience. “An unexpected death is never easy to explain and at the age of 38, it is even harder to accept.”

He presented Washington’s wife, Lakesha, with a plaque honoring her husband. The department also engraved Washington’s name on LDWF enforcement’s Fallen Agents Monument.

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.

LEEC eNews: Keep America Beautiful's 65th Anniversary, USGBC Best of Green Schools, and More!

LEEC Grant Proposals Released Monday, Jan. 7

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will release its 2019-20 requests for grant proposals next Monday, January 7, 2019. Grant categories include: 
  • 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: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000
 
Keep an eye out for Monday's announcement or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/grant-opportunities on January 7th for links to the applications.
 

Keep America Celebrates 65 Years

For decades, Keep America Beautiful and more than 600 community-based affiliates have been working at the grassroots level to revitalize blighted neighborhoods, restore vacant lots, renew communities struck by natural disasters, and bring beauty to our shared public spaces.  In honor of its 65th anniversary, KAB is asking for your help to #DoBeautifulThings. A contribution to Keep America Beautiful provides them with greater capacity to:
  • Reach their 2019 goal to clean, improve and beautify 100,000 miles of roads, parks, shorelines and waterways across the nation
  • Plant trees in a storm-damaged park
  • Restore a neglected urban play area into a clean, safe and vibrant park that fosters community pride
  • And much, much more!
 
 

Schedule a Tour at the LSU Center for River Studies

The LSU Center for River Studies is currently scheduling 4th-12th grade class tours, including its 90x120-foot Mississippi River model. For more information, visit  http://coastal.la.gov/center-for-river-studies.
 

U.S. Green Building Council - Best of Green Schools

The Best of Green Schools celebrates the hard work being done—by people, schools, campuses and organizations—to push the green schools movement forward. If you or someone you know is making significant strides toward creating more sustainable schools, USGBC wants to hear from you. You are welcome to submit nominations both for yourself and others. The call for nominations closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Fri., January 18, 2019. Winners will be announced and awards given at the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo, to be held April 8–9 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 
 

Register for LEEC's Regional Short Course Event

There's still time to register for LEEC's 2019 Regional Short Course Event. Celebrating this year's theme "What's Great About Your Part of the State," The commission is hosting 13 different short courses on February 16, 2019 in every corner of Louisiana. Check out the course descriptions at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2019-leec-regional-short-courses. Whether you attend the course in your own community or any other around the state, you're sure to find this day enjoyable and enlightening! The registration fee is $20, but current classroom teachers qualify for a $30 stipend. And lunch is on us!
 

2019 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Schedule

Meetings are the first Thursday of each month and typically begin at 9:30 a.m..  To receive Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries news alerts, including upcoming meetings and agendas, sign up at www.wlf.la.gov.signup.

 Date

Location

January 3, 2019

(changed to Jan. 8, 2019)

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

February 7, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

March 7, 2019

 Woodworth Town Hall, Council Chambers

9363 Hwy 165 South, Woodworth, LA  71485.

April 3, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

May 2, 2019

(Meeting will take place at 1 p.m.)

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

June 6, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

July 1, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

August 1, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

September 5, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

October 3, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

November 7, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

December 5, 2019

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Joe L. Herring Room

 

Mississippi Man Cited for Hunting License Fraud

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Mississippi man for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 29 in West Carroll Parish.

Agents cited Anthony W. Kessler, 28, for fraudulently obtaining a hunting license, and hunting without non-resident basic and big game hunting licenses.

During a compliance check, agents discovered that Kessler did not meet the state’s bona fide resident rules for resident license status.  Agents found that Kessler had not resided continuously in Louisiana for six months and his motor vehicle was registered in Mississippi.

Agents seized a seven point deer.

Obtaining a hunting license fraudulently carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without non-resident and big game hunting licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Kessler may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the deer.

LDWF to Hold Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Friday, Jan. 4

Release Date: 01/03/2019

EVENT:  32nd Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy Graduation.

WHEN:  Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 - 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Joe L. Herring Louisiana Room, LDWF Headquarters Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

BACKGROUND:  The graduation will add 12 new agents to the LDWF Enforcement Division following six months of training.  The event will include the presentation of colors by the LDWF Enforcement Color Guard, presentation of awards and the Oath of Office ceremony.

LDWF agents enforce hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.  Their duties include checking hunters, fishers, dealers, restaurants, breeders, farmers and transporters for compliance with regulations governing limits, quotas, licenses, sizes, registrations, legal documents and accepted behavior.  Agents are also trained for search and rescue and maritime security missions.

If media members plan to attend the graduation, please email Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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