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L.D.W.F. Agents Charge Metairie Man With Insurance Fraud

Release Date: 12/28/2010

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division strike force agents charged a Metairie man on Dec. 23 for alleged theft by insurance fraud, filing a false application and injuring public records.

LDWF agents assigned to the southern strike force charged Bryan M. Miguez, 49, of Metairie, for insurance fraud after a joint investigation with the National Insurance Crime Bureau and Progressive Insurance Company.

Miguez accepted a payment from the Progressive Insurance Company for his boat, which Miguez claimed was lost during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In early 2010, Miguez contacted Progressive Insurance Company claiming to have recently found the boat. However, investigators found that Miguez had been in possession of the boat since early 2006.

If convicted of theft by insurance fraud, Miguez could face imprisonment for up to 10 years, or a fine up to $3,000 or both. For filing a false application, Miguez could be ordered to pay a $500 fine, or sentenced for up to 90 days in jail or both. If convicted of Injuring Public Records, Miguez could be sentenced to up to five years in jail, or a fine up to $5,000 or both.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Agent Ronnie Engelhard.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Agenda Set for January Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 12/28/2010

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of December 2, 2010
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To announce 2009-2010 Employee Rewards and Recognition Winners
  5. To receive and hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/December
  6. To hear General Information on upcoming Hunting Seasons, WMAs, Rules and Regulations
  7. To hear presentation on Wildlife Division GIS
  8. To consider Declaration of Emergency to open the Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and the Hackberry Bay Seed Reservation
  9. To consider a Notice of Intent to Modify a Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds to allow for Oyster Lease Relocation
  10. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for the 2011-2012 Commercial Reef Fish Seasons
  11. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for the 2011-2012 Recreational Reef Fish Seasons
  12. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for the 2011-2012 Commercial King Mackerel Season
  13. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for the Closure of the Recreational Fishery for Gag Grouper in Louisiana Waters
  14. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
  15. Set May 2011 Meeting Date
  16. Receive Public Comments
  17. Adjournment

First Issue of Louisiana Conservationist Online Magazine Available Now

Dear Louisiana Hunters and Anglers,

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is excited to announce that the first online issue of Louisiana Conservationist is available now. Each issue will contain the same great stories and photography that was the hallmark of our printed magazine — available at http://louisianaconservationist.org/ as Web pages that are viewable in any browser, or at http://louisianaconservationist.org/current in an electronic book format featuring a familiar magazine-style layout.

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.

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