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Two Franklin Parish Residents Cited For Night Hunting

Release Date: 12/14/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Baskin residents for alleged night hunting violations on Dec. 11 in Franklin Parish.

Sr. Agent Albert Tarver and Sr. Agent Johnny Wilson cited Sherrie A. Mccarty, 23, and Robert Guimbellot, 36, for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with a artificial light, hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle on a public road. Agents also arrested and booked Guimbellot into the Franklin Parish Detention Center for an alleged driving while under the influence (DWI) charge.

Hunting wild quadrupeds at night, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle each carry a fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost. Possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle on a public road and DWI penalties will be set by the presiding judge assigned to the case.

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

L.D.W.F. Agent Arrests Convicted Felon For Firearm Possession

Release Date: 12/14/2010

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested an Arcadia man on Dec. 2 for alleged illegal possessing of a firearm by a convicted felon and booked him into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.

Rhett Simms, 46, was charged with two counts of illegal firearm possession by a convicted felon, hunting without a basic or big game hunting license and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations.

The penalty for hunting without a basic or big game hunting license is a fine of $50, or up to 15 days in jail or both for each offense. The penalty for a deer tagging violation is a fine between $100 and $350, or up to 60 days in jail or both. The sentence for a convicted felon in possession of a firearm is between 10 and 20 years in jail.

LDWF Sgt. Ryan Brasher participated in the case.

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

LSPMB to Meet this Wednesday December 15

Release Date: 12/13/2010

The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet this Wednesday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210 in New Orleans, LA. The agenda is as follows.

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of minutes from October 13, 2010
  4. Reports
    1. Guest Presentations
      1. Shane Carmichael
      2. Acadiana Lafayette Contingency
    2. Executive Directors Report
    3. Treasurers Report
      1. Update on BP funds
  5. New Business
    1. Grant writing for taskforces (shrimp, oyster and crab)
    2. Social Media update- Zehnder
    3. Letters to board members who have more than 3 consecutive absences
    4. Elections of Executive Board for 2011-2012
    5. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute/Sub Committee discussion (Executive, Funding, Legislative, Education and Marketing).
    6. National Seafood Marketing Coalition
    7. Boston Seafood Show
  6. Set Next Meeting
  7. Adjourn

For additional information please contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8735.

L.D.W.F. Seeking Leads In Illegal Black Bear Killings

Release Date: 12/10/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for several illegal black bear killings that have taken place recently.

The killings have taken place from coastal bear habitat in St. Mary and Vermillion Parishes to Tensas Parish.  The bears have either been shot or trapped in hog snares by poachers.

Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a civil restitution fine of $10,000 per bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

Anyone with information regarding these illegal bear killings or any other wildlife crime should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Cash rewards up to $5,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals harming a black bear.  Callers will also remain anonymous.

"The department is working very hard to remove the Louisiana black bear from the Endangered Species List with the goal of maintaining a sustainable population that can support legal hunting. Illegal killing of Louisiana black bears may impede this effort and make this goal more difficult to attain," said Maria Davidson, Large Carnivore Program Manager for LDWF.

Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze of LDWF's Enforcement Division added that “The loss of these animals is regrettable and agents of the Enforcement Division will make every effort to locate the poachers responsible for these crimes.”

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.la.gov. 

Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association Teams with Local Radio Station to Help Kids this Christmas

Release Date: 12/09/2010

In an effort to help children in need this Christmas season, members of the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) in the Monroe area have this year contributed $2,000 toward the toy drive organized by the radio station K104 and the Radio People in Monroe.

LWAA President Lt. Scott Mathews said the toys were purchased and delivered to the local radio station on Dec. 9 and will be distributed to those in need in time for Christmas.

Mathews also thanked Spotted Dog Sporting Goods in Columbia and Academy Sporting Goods in West Monroe for providing discounts that allowed more toys to be bought for the drive.

“Both stores have been excellent partners in our attempt help out local children in need,” Mathews said. “The agents association would also like to thank K104 and the Radio People for organizing the drive. Through their contacts and wide reach, we know the toys will find a home with the children who most need them.”

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division Chief Col. Winton Vidrine commended the LWAA for the generous donation. “The gifts are a wonderful way of helping those in need. The toys will surely brighten Christmas morning for a lot of kids,” Vidrine said.

The LWAA is a fraternal organization whose members are LDWF Enforcement Division agents.

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

Agents Looking For Leads Into Bald Eagle Killings

Release Date: 12/08/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement special agents are seeking information regarding the killing of two federally protected southern bald eagles.

Agents believe both eagles were killed on or about Dec. 7 on the East Bank area of Plaquemines Parish.

Deputy Roy Lally of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office discovered the first illegally killed bald eagle along the Mississippi River levee near the town of Phoenix located in Plaquemines Parish. LDWF Senior Agent Brett Nabors responded to the area to take custody of the bird and begin an investigation.

During the ensuing search of the area where the first eagle was found, LDWF Lt. Robert Martin found a second dead eagle. Agents believe that both eagles were killed using the same method. Both eagles were delivered to the USFWS and will be forensically tested for cause of death.

The southern bald eagle is listed on the Endangered Species list, and fines up to $100,000 may be imposed for shooting or injuring the bird. Anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party is eligible for significant cash rewards.

Anyone with information may call Special Agent Stephen Clark at the USFWS office in Lacombe at 985-882-3756 or the LDWF Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.

For more information, contact Capt. Steve McManus at the LDWF Region 8 Enforcement Office at 504-284-2024 or smcmanus@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana’s Historic Conservation Magazine Goes Live

Release Date: 12/08/2010

The first online magazine for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) was launched on Tues, Dec. 7, opening the gateway for global exposure to the well-known and historical document, Louisiana Conservationist magazine (LCM).

As with many traditional publications these days, the LCM ceased printed publication in Spring 2010 with plans to launch an electronic version in the summer. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, however, postponed the magazine's new electronic format, consuming LDWF staff’s time during the summer. Now, just in time to finish out 2010 the Louisiana Conservationist is available again in a web page format viewable in any browser http://louisianaconservationist.org or in a book format featuring the familiar magazine-style layout. http://louisianaconservationist.org/current

Each issue will contain the same great stories and photography that was the hallmark of the printed magazine. Articles in this first online issue include details on LDWF’s efforts throughout the recent oil spill disaster, great gun cleaning tips and recipes from the 2010 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.   Links to related web sites, department videos, and photographs are scattered throughout the magazine along with all the popular social networking tools.  The new site also offers the option to create a username, allowing for access to comments and notification of upcoming editions.

“We are excited about this new venture for the Conservationist,” commented LDWF Secretary Robert Barham,  “Moving forward with an online version invites the entire world to step inside and see our great state from a closer view.”

First printed in 1926, Louisiana Conservationist magazine was created to keep Louisiana citizens informed and educated on fish and game regulations and conservation programs.  It has survived through the generations, evolving and changing with the world.  Today its legacy continues, moving forward with the electronic age. 

For more information contact Marianne Burke, Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.govor 225-765-2917.

Greater Amberjack Recreational Season Won’t Close in 2010; 2011 Season Starts Jan. 1

Release Date: 12/08/2010

NOAA predicts 2010 quota will not be met; federal and state recreation season will stay open, continuous with 2011 season

(Baton Rouge, La.) December 8, 2010 – Recreational anglers will have the chance to continue to take home their greater amberjack catches in both state and federal waters off the Louisiana coast throughout the remainder 2010 and into the 2011 season, which starts on January 1. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDFW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plan to keep the greater amberjack recreational season open for the remainder of the year, as NOAA predicts the quota for the harvest of greater amberjack will not be met.

LDWF officials estimate that approximately 14,500 greater amberjack weighing more than 337,000 pounds were harvested in Louisiana in 2009. Each year, recreational anglers in Louisiana land approximately 276,000 pounds of greater amberjack at docks across the state’s coast.
Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in some parts of the Atlantic Ocean in temperate and tropical waters. They are typically found near offshore platforms, artificial reefs and near offshore wrecks in waters as deep as 300 feet.

The average size of a greater amberjack landed in Louisiana is more than 20 pounds, with the record weighing in at 139 lbs. The record catch was made by Bill Weldon in South Timablier Block 300 in May 2009.

Recreational saltwater fishing in Louisiana accounts for $472.1 million in retail sales in Louisiana annually and more than 7,700 jobs. The total economic impact is approximately $757.1 million each year. However, the BP oil spill kept many recreational anglers dockside throughout the summer.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or owatkins@wlf.la.gov.

Operator In Boat Crash Arrested For D.W.I And Drug Violations

Release Date: 12/08/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Hammond man for alleged drug and alcohol charges after he crashed a boat in Bayou Segnette in Jefferson Parish on Dec. 2.

Agents charged Angelo N. Brettillo, 53, with driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI), reckless operation of a moving vehicle, illegal possession of drugs and boating safety violations.

Brettillo allegedly lost control of his vessel causing property damage to nearby camp owners. While interviewing Brettillo about the crash, agents noticed that he was displaying signs of intoxication. After performing poorly on standardized field sobriety testing, he was arrested.

Brettillo was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center where he was found to be in possession of several types of illegal prescription drugs. Chemical analysis and identification are pending with the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Driving a vessel while intoxicated carries a fine between $300 and $1,000, and shall be imprisoned between 10 days and six months, with the chance of losing driving privileges. Reckless operation of a vehicle carries a fine up to $200, or imprisonment for up to 90 days or both. Illegal possession of drugs carries imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to five years and a fine up to $5,000 for each count.

The agents involved in the case were Sgt. Jason Russo and Agent Terrance Hicks.

For more information, contact Capt. Stephen McManus at 504-284-2023 or smcmanus@wlf.la.gov.

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Two St. Charles Parish Residents Cited On Salvador WMA

Release Date: 12/07/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two St. Charles Parish men for alleged hunting violations on Salvador Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Dec 4.

Agents cited Jason Foster, 27, of Luling, and Brad Kubelka, 27, of Des Allemandes, for three counts of not abiding by commission rules and regulations on a WMA.

Agent Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois received a complaint about several subjects hunting from illegal stands and baiting for deer on the Salvador WMA. The agents located the stands along with the bait in a remote area on the WMA and set up surveillance on a subsequent date.

Agents observed the subjects on Dec. 4 hunting from the illegal stands, hunting over bait, hunting without the required hunters orange and applying more bait to the hunting area after their hunt.

Hunters are not allowed to bait, hunt over bait or construct a permanent tree stand on any WMA. Hunters may leave a portable deer stand on a WMA if the stand is removed from the tree and left in the non-hunting position properly tagged with the user’s name, address, phone number and big game hunting license number (or lifetime license number).

The penalty for each violation carries a fine up to $350, jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.

For more information, contact Capt. Steve McManus at 504-284-2024 or smcmanus@wlf.la.gov.

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