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Three Men Cited for Hunting Violations in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 02/25/2013

Feb. 25, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged wildlife violations on Feb. 12, 2013 in Concordia Parish.

Kenneth Woods, 38, of Jonesville, Don Paige, 46, of Ferriday, and Kenneth Jenkins, 50, of Jonesville, were cited for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting raccoon illegally.

LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason and Concordia Parish Deputy Dusty Lemoine were patrolling the area of Haphazard Road near Dunbarton after legal shooting hours.  They observed a spot light and heard several gunshots coming from a wooded area at the end of Haphazard Road.

While observing the area, the two officers observed two vehicles leaving the wooded area and they initiated traffic stops on both vehicles.  During the traffic stops, Woods, Paige and Jenkins stated they were raccoon hunting, but did not have a dog in their possession.

The subjects were in possession of small caliber rifles.  Subsequently, they were also found in possession of six freshly harvested rabbits.

Hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting raccoon using illegal methods each carry a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

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

Body of Missing Baton Rouge Firefighter Recovered from Intracoastal Canal in St. Martin Parish

Release Date: 02/21/2013

Feb. 21, 2013 -- Search and rescue officials recovered the body of a Walker man from the Intracoastal Canal in St. Martin Parish today shortly after 12 p.m., Feb. 21.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Ascension Parish Fire Department, Gonzales Fire Department, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary Sheriff’s Office, Assumption Sheriff’s Office, Belle River Volunteer Fire Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Port Security, and volunteers from Texas and Michigan have been searching for Jacob P. Lewis, 28, since Jan. 30.

Authorities were notified that Lewis, a Baton Rouge firefighter, fell into the Intracoastal Canal near Belle River while loading his boat.  According to his wife, Lewis and she were out scouting for possible crawfish trap locations on Jan. 30.

Search crews utilized sonar, dive teams, cadaver dogs, and aerial and surface search techniques during the search and rescue period.

Lewis’ body was turned over to the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

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Body of Shaw Man Recovered from Cocodrie Bayou

Release Date: 02/08/2013

 
Feb. 8, 2013 -- Search and rescue officials recovered the body of a Shaw man from Cocodrie Bayou in Concordia Parish this morning, Feb. 8.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered the body of Louis Fisher, 84, around 9:45 a.m.

Officials were notified about a fisherman who apparently had fallen overboard in Cocodrie Bayou at 4 p.m. on Feb. 7.  According to family, Fisher was running trot lines in Cocodrie Bayou.

Fisher’s body was turned over to the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

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Grandfather and Grandson Found Alive After 13 Hour Search

Release Date: 02/07/2013

Search and rescue crews found two overdue boaters alive this morning, Feb. 7, near the Lafitte area.

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) seaplane spotted the overdue boaters waving their arms with their boat tied up to a camp around 9 a.m.  The seaplane called in the location for rescue crews on the water in boats to respond.  The rescue crews were then able to escort the missing boaters back to Joe’s landing in Lafitte.  The missing boaters were in good health when found.

Search crews from LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Lafourche, Jefferson and St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Offices participated in the search for the missing boaters.

The search crews received word at 8 p.m. on Feb. 6 about a grandfather and grandson who did not return home from a boating trip.  According to the family, the 72-year-old grandfather and 15-year-old grandson both from Gretna departed Joe’s landing at 7 a.m.

The rescue crews searched throughout the night for the two missing boaters until they were found about seven miles from Joe’s landing.

According to the grandfather, they were trying to get back to the landing, but became disoriented when it got too dark and they decided to find a place to tie their 19 foot boat up to for the night.

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

New Iberia Man Arrested For Multiple Felonies

Release Date: 02/06/2013

Feb. 6, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a New Iberia man for alleged drug and wildlife charges in Iberia Parish on Jan. 30.

Agents cited Christopher J. Pellerin, 34, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance while in possession of a firearm, driving with a suspended operator’s license, hunting without a resident basic license or state duck license, wanton waste of migratory game birds and using lead shot in an area designated for steel shot only.

Agents received a call from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office about a subject poaching and trespassing in crawfish ponds in Iberia Parish on Jan. 27.  The sheriff’s office had already cited Pellerin for trespassing earlier in the day and released him.

Agents made contact with Pellerin later that evening and verified he hunted migratory game birds with a 20 gauge shotgun using lead shot and left dead American coots in the pond to go to waste.

Agents also discovered that Pellerin is a convicted felon with multiple convictions and he cannot possess a firearm.  The agents were issued arrest and search warrants for Pellerin’s residence to seize the firearm he allegedly used.

While serving the warrants on Jan. 30, agents discovered the firearm along with ammunition.  LDWF Agents with the help of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 division also located a substantial amount of marijuana divided and packaged in amounts to be distributed.  Pellerin was then booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.

Felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings 10 to 20 years in jail and a $1,000 to $5,000 fine.  Felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute carries up to five to 50 years in jail and up to a $50,000 fine.  Felony possession of a controlled dangerous substance while in possession of a firearm brings up to a $2,000 fine and one to two years of jail.  Driving with a suspended operator’s license carries a $300 to $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Hunting without a resident basic license and state duck license each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Wanton waste of migratory game birds brings up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days of jail.  Using lead shot in an area designated for steel shot only carries up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Dusty Rhodes and Senior Agent David Boudreaux and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division.

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

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $22,100 in 2012

Release Date: 02/05/2013

Feb. 5, 2013--Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,200 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Jan. 26 in Baton Rouge.

For the 2012 calendar year, LOGT approved and dispensed $22,100 in cash rewards for concerned citizens who reported wildlife violations that led to 79 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases.  There were a total of 53 cases presented and 531 offenses associated with those cases in 2012.

For the last quarter of 2012, LOGT issued $9,200 in reward money on 24 cases.

Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts provided LOGT members with information on each case and a recommendation for reward amounts.

“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.

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 new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

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.

Since its inception in 1984, LOGT has issued $324,700 in rewards.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LOGT meets quarterly throughout the year to review cases and dispense rewards.

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

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Special eNews: LEEC 2013-2014 Grant RFPs Released!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries' Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2013-2014 Grants Program.
The submission deadline for each of these grants is March 15, 2013.
Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.

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
     - Educator Grant Guidelines
     - Educator Grant Application

Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants
     -
Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service 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
 
    - Professional Development Grant Guidelines
     - Professional Development Grant Application

School Sustainability Grants
     -
Designed to encourage student learning via sustainability initiatives in EPA Region 6 K-12 schools
     - Proposals to be considered are those within a specific school campus that will both actively engage students and result in a more sustainable facility.
     - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 schools in EPA Region 6 area – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
     - Project funds are provided via a grant from the EPA Office of Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program to LDWF
     - Maximum award: $5000.00
  
   - Sustainability Grant Guidelines
     - Sustainability Grant Application

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
     - Research Grant Guidelines
     - Research Grant Application

For more information on these grants or the 2013 Environmental Education Symposium, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Or contact:
     Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator
     Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
     vortego@wlf.la.gov

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