Wildlife

Wildlife Rehabilitators

Namesort icon City State Phone Cell Phone Common Name
Benoit, Kay Thibodaux LA 985-447-3121 985-232-0566 Small mammals
Camara, Michelle Una San Antonio TX 210-272-9621 210-825-8961 Mammals, Non-migratory Birds
Carollo, Michelle Partridge Pearl River LA 985-445-3644 985-250-0213 Mammals
Connery, PK Statewide LA 337-393-0205 Bobcats Only—Statewide Rescue
Daigle, Fran Broussard LA (225)454-5562 All mammals (EXCEPT raccoons)
Dauzat, Susan J. Bueche LA 225-241-5952 Squirrels
Delcambre, Becky New Iberia LA (337)339-1214 Squirrels and Raccoons
Delger, Jessica Cut Off LA (985)855-1906 Small Mammals
DiMaggio, Cindy Metairie LA
504-733-5143
504-913-8105
Squirrels Only
Dixon, Aimee Crowley LA 337-384-8179 Raccoons
Dyess, Brittney Broussard LA (337)837-4325 (337)258-8866 All mammals (EXCEPT raccoons)
Farrell, Sally B. New Orleans LA (504)866-7260 (504)666-1885 Raptors
Finney, Christine Baton Rouge LA 225-252-2141 Small mammals, preferably raccoons
Franc, Nicoletta Denham Springs LA 225-436-2101 Small Mammals (Squirrels)
Gast, Beau Folsom LA 504-322-3938 985-789-1061 ALL
Harris, Deborah Simmons Baton Rouge LA
225-752-2674
225-953-0260
Mammals, some Reptiles (no snakes)
Heath, Cynthia and Jeffrey Ventress LA 225-718-7235 Raccoons, squirrels, skunks
Heck, Suzy B. Lake Charles LA (337)477-6129 337-274-8964 All Mammals, Raptors, Waterfowl, Reptiles
Hogan, Mistie Bossier City LA (318)742-2424 Squirrels
Homesley, Amber Houma LA (985) 852-0617 Squirrels, Opossum, Raccoons, Rabbits
Jamerson, Sharon Crowley LA 337-552-4288 Raccoon, Squirrels, Small Mammals
James, Carmon Monroe LA (318)366-3748 Small Mammals
Knoll, Sandy Deville LA (318)466-3173 Raccoons, Squirrels, Rabbits, no Opossums
Labbie, Mary Letitia Carencro LA (337)288-5146 Small Mammals, Birds, Raptors
Leo, Jennifer Gretna LA 504-433-3953 504-975-6562 Raccoons, Squirrels, Opossums
Lobue, Christa New Orleans LA 504-378-2651 504-329-9447 Sea turtles
MacLean, DVM, Dr. Robert, Audubon Zoo New Orleans LA (504)212-5489 (504)329-2471 Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians
Miller, Amy Opelousas LA 337-305-5565 Small mammals, reptiles
Moore, Sandra J. Haughton LA (318)390-9063 (318)965-2091wk Small Mammals, Birds
Morgan, Gia DVM Cypress Zoo Benton LA (318)965-4223 (318)470-1979 Mammals, Birds, Reptiles
Morgan, Jennifer Bossier City LA 318-423-4530 Squirrels
Murgatroyd, Rhonda Seabrook TX 281-326-0905 (713)705-5897 Oil Spill Response Only
Nevarez,Javier (DVM) Baton Rouge LA (225)578-9600 Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Opossums, Squirrels
Ransonet, Cynthia New Iberia La. (337)365-7239 Mammals
Reed, Lisa Sulphur LA (337)583-4757 (337)842-5830 Birds, Mammals, Raptors
Schmalz, Sharon Houston TX 713-861-9453 (281)731-8826 Oil Spill Response Only
Sexton, Gwen R. Choudrant LA (318)768-2456 Mammals Reptiles and Birds
Shelton, Penny Hammond LA 985-956-7038 985-320-5115 Squirrels
Shepherd, Tara Benton LA (318)742-0246 (318)465-6000 Small Mammals
Smith, Lisa Newark DE 302-737-9543 Oil Spill Response Only
Smith, Suzanne, Audubon Aquarium New Orleans LA 504-235-3005 Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles
Stephens, Sarah Lafayette LA 337-501-4655 Small mammals, non-migratory birds
Stephens, Tyler J. Lafayette LA 337-278-6531 Small Mammals
Stotts, Shelly Church Point LA 337-230-5761 Squirrels, Raccoons, Bobcat, Small Mammals
Trahan, Crystal A. Abbeville LA 337-893-5748 Small Mammals
Watts, Suzanne, D.C. Collinston LA 318-281-6461 318-282-4298 Small Mammals
Weis, Alexandrea P. Covington LA (985)867-8874 504-450-3654 Small Mammals
Williams, Malone Kentwood LA
(985) 229-2149
(985) 974-3475
Orphaned Squirrels and Orphaned Raccoons only
Winners, Emily Lecompte LA (318)776-5356 (318)613-0219 Squirrels

State Reinvests $13 Million with Commercial Fishermen

Release Date: 04/04/2011

April 4, 2011 – This month the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in coordination with the Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD), and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), issued award letters to nearly 1,000 fishermen who were deemed eligible for the Commercial Fisherman Grant Program.  Throughout the month the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry through the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority (LAFA) has been on-site at several locations along the coast conducting grant closings and disbursing funds to eligible fishermen.

“The industry has worked incredibly hard to recover from numerous disasters over the last six years, including hurricanes Gustav and Ike,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “We are excited to match some of the hard work that the commercial fishing industry has put into bouncing back by issuing grants that help mitigate some of their losses. The full recovery of our coastal communities is tied to the fate of our commercial fishing industry. This is another step towards helping those residents, businesses and communities become whole again.”

“The funds for this program were part of the $27 million the state allocated to Fisheries recovery from the Community Development Block Grants we received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after hurricanes Gustav and Ike,” said Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater. “From the beginning, we have been committed to helping our fishermen, and this important part of Louisiana’s economy, recover from the effects of the 2008 storms. I’m pleased that this coordinated effort with LDWF and LDAF will bring these much-needed funds to commercial fishermen.”

The Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority processed more than 1,250 applications and awarded the money based on losses suffered by the 2008 hurricanes.

“This is a continuation of LAFA’s mission to promote rural economic development,” Strain said. “It’s vital to our economy for our food producers to be profitable. We’re glad to be a part of that.”

The $13 million Commercial Fisherman Grant Program was designed to assist Louisiana fishermen who held a commercial fishing license in 2008 and who remain licensed, continue to recover from the effects of hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.  Individuals were required to provide supporting tax documentation and be able to prove a $5,000 tangible or financial loss in order to qualify for the program.  Applicants were eligible for a grant up to the amount of their loss, not to exceed $100,000. Of the nearly $13 million dollars being disbursed, 95 percent was allocated solely to certified fishermen.

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.
The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.

For more information from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov  or at (225)610-2363.  For more information from the Office of Community Development, please contact Christina Stephens at (225) 603-3896 or christina.stephens@la.gov.  For more information from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, please contact Sam Irwin at (225) 922-1256 or sirwin@ldaf.state.la.us.

Volunteers Return to Pass A Loutre WMA For Marsh Restoration Project Phase Two

Release Date: 03/29/2011

Ohio State University students on spring break place Gulf Saver Bags at Pass a Loutre WMA on March 24.
Volunteers, coordinated by Common Ground Relief for Restore the Earth Foundation, prepare for trip to Pass a Loutre WMA.
Gulf Saver Bags placed at Pass a Loutre WMA are designed to stimulate marsh restoration and growth.

March 29, 2011 - Volunteers from around the state and country assisted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) marsh restoration efforts March 24 with a second installation of Gulf Saver Bags at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Common Ground Relief coordinated the effort for the Restore the Earth Foundation and LDWF, bringing in students on spring break from Ohio State University, and representatives of Bayou Rebirth, (San Francisco) For the Bayou, Global Green and Plaquemines Parish officials and citizens.

The volunteers assisted LDWF Coastal and Non-game Resources Division personnel distribute 800 Gulf Saver Bags at the WMA that forms the southeast tip of Plaquemines Parish, where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The vital wetland habitat within the WMA provides a natural home and breeding grounds for shrimp, crabs, oysters, and more than five million migratory birds. Hurricane activity and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 have further advanced the effects of coastal erosion to this southeastern Louisiana shoreline that forms the first line of defense against storm surge and tidal fluctuations.

The Gulf Saver Bag is a package of native marsh grasses with its own supply of natural nutrients and oil eating micro-organisms combined to support, feed and protect the new growth of marsh grasses in areas of need. The bag is standard biodegradable burlap weighing 20 pounds when packed. Placement by hand from small transport vessels minimizes disruption of shallow sediment along deteriorating coastal land mass. The 800 bags placed along the marsh shoreline Thursday supplement the 400 bags distributed by an initial volunteer effort in December 2010.

Funding for materials used at Pass a Loutre was provided by donations from individuals and matching donations from the Coypu Foundation, the Ittleson Foundation, State Farm Insurance and Restore Americas Estuaries. Additional funds were raised though benefit concerts held in San Francisco and sponsored by For the Bayou, as well as a Benefit the Bayou concert held in Cape Cod, and a car wash held by Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans. For more information on the Gulf Saver Bag project, visit www.gulfsaversolutions.com.

Pass a Loutre WMA encompasses 115,000 acres and is the oldest wildlife management area in Louisiana. Visit www.wlf.la.gov for information on LDWF’s coastal wildlife management areas.

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, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

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