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LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered the body of Louis Kibodeaux, 45, of Lake Charles, from the Intracoastal Waterway near Willow Lake around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.

A 26 year old female passenger was found alive clinging to a capsized flat bottom vessel by a passing tugboat around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.  She was then transported to a Lake Charles hospital where she is in critical condition.

LDWF agents along with the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard searched the area for Kibodeaux’s body after receiving the distress call from the tugboat.

LDWF agents recovered the 15 foot flat bottom vessel.  The vessel appears to have had a severe head on collision with an unknown object that ejected Kibodeaux and the female passenger into the water.  Neither person was wearing a personal flotation device at the time of impact.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  Kibodeaux’s body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Winnsboro Man Cited for Possessing Over the Limit of Squirrels

Release Date: 10/03/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Winnsboro man for allegedly being over the daily bag limit of squirrels on Oct. 1 in Catahoula Parish.

Agents cited Landon L. Cotton, 36, after they found him in possession of 22 freshly harvested squirrels.  The daily bag limit is eight.

Agents were patrolling the Boeuf River area the opening morning of squirrel season when they came across a squirrel vest containing 22 harvested squirrels.  The agents took cover behind some trees and about 30 minutes later observed Cotton retrieve the squirrels.

When agents made contact with Cotton, he informed the agents that he harvested all 22 squirrels putting him 14 over the daily bag limit.  Agents seized the 22 squirrels and donated them to a local charity.

Over the limit of squirrels brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Cotton may also face civil restitution totaling $447.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent Kurt Hatten.

South Carolina Man Arrested for No Charter Guide License

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a South Carolina man for alleged charter fishing guide violations on Sept. 29 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested James Hough, 39, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, for guiding a chartered fishing trip without a non-resident charter guide license.

Agents received several complaints that Hough was guiding chartered fishing trips in Louisiana without the proper license.  Hough also posted on social media as the captain of Flat Spot Charters and offering charter trips in the Delacroix area.

After the investigation, agents were able to determine that Hough conducted a guided fishing trip for profit on Sept. 29.  Agents seized four red drum in the case and donated them to a local charity.

Conducting a guided chartered fishing trip without a charter guide license carries a fine of up to a $950 and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.  Hough was booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Todd Laviolette and Ezekiel Talbert, Jr.

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Fordoche Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Parish

Release Date: 09/27/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 25 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Ashton J. Prejean, 22, and James Scott 19, both of Fordoche, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light and possession of illegally taken deer.

Agents found Prejean and Scott in possession of an illegally taken four point buck.  During the investigation agents learned that the deer was taken several nights prior to the investigation with a crossbow and spotlight at night in the vicinity of Fordoche.

Agents seized a crossbow, spotlight and the deer.

Taking deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Prejean and Scott could face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1624.61.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Channing Duvall and Tyler Smith.

LDWF Unveils New Toll Free Information Hotline

LDWF Information and Season Hotline - 1-800-256-2749

The LDWF Information and Season Hotline is available 24 hours a day by simply calling 1-800-256-2749.  The hotline provides the most-up-to-date information on season dates and regulations.  After calling the hotline, callers will follow prompts to access the information they are seeking.

Hunting and fishing dates will be available through the hotline for the following seasons: shrimp, oysters, deer, squirrel, rabbit, migratory game birds, turkey, quail, recreational finfish and commercial finfish.

The hotline also will feature boating safety, wildlife management area and hunter safety information, as well as contact information for regional LDWF offices.


LDWF Launches tip411 and iPhone App

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now offering a new way to anonymously report outdoor related violations to Enforcement Division agents.  LDWF's tip411 program is a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.
To use the tip411 program, citizens can 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.
Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.  Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.
LDWF will monitor the tip411 program for incoming tips 24 hours a day.
LDWF also offers their Operation Game Thief 24 hour toll free hotline.  Citizens can anonymously report tips by calling 1-800-442-2511 24 hours a day.
CitizenObserver was founded in 2000 and provides web based alerting tools to law enforcement, education and public safety agencies in over 40 states.



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