LDWF News Release

LDWF Postpones Public Hearings on Proposed Cervid Carcass Importation Ban in Mandeville, Lafayette

Release Date: 08/18/2016

Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has postponed public hearings to discuss a proposed cervid carcass importation ban in Mandeville on Monday (Aug. 22) and Lafayette on Tuesday (Aug. 23).  Extreme flooding in some parts of southern Louisiana forced delaying the meetings.
The ban was proposed to assist in preventing the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
The other four meetings in Lake Charles (Aug. 22), Monroe (Aug. 23), Minden (Aug. 24) and Woodworth (Aug. 25) will go on as scheduled.
LDWF will reschedule the meetings for Mandeville and Lafayette.
Here is the list of meetings still scheduled to be held:
Aug. 22 at Lake Charles’ LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 23 at LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Dr., Monroe, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 24 at LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 25 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, 6:30 p.m.
An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed by LDWF during the July LWFC meeting and is in the public comment period. The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer. 
The proposed ban would prohibit the importation of cervid carcasses except for deboned meat, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
This proposed ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest.  Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Johnathan Bordelon, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to jbordelon@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016.
For more information, contact Bordelon at 225-765-2344.


LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Release Date: 08/18/2016

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding
A cut is created in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Refuge to help alleviate flooding.
The first cut in the southern protection levee at Rockefeller Refuge.

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will create two 50-foot cuts in in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion parishes to help alleviate flooding from the recent rains that have inundated parts of southern Louisiana.

Both cuts should be completed by late Thursday afternoon and will help relieve flooding in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes in the Mermentau Basin.

“We are in the process of excavating two, 50-foot cuts in the southern protection levee from the Gulf of Mexico on Rockefeller Refuge,’’ said Scooter Trosclair, program manager at Rockefeller Refuge. “This will aid in additional outflow as tides allow from the excessive amounts of flood water flowing in from the Mermentau Basin.’’

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana and LDWF. It encompasses about 76,000 acres. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf. 

For more information, contact Trosclair at 337-491-2593.



Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Release Date: 08/18/2016

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays
Recent weather conditions have made dredging in the Gulf of Mexico unfavorable.  These unexpected weather delays have extended the Elmer’s Island closure by 8 days to August 30th.   The slow-moving weather system that has caused unprecedented flooding in parts of our state is also responsible for these construction delays.
An updated map with new closure dates can be found above.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 08/18/2016

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from March 2, 2016 Meeting

3.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Randy Chaisson, Sr.

b.     Kenneth Caywood

4.     Update on Recommendations Made at March 2, 2016 Meeting

5.     Receive Public Comments

6.     Set next meeting date

7.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.


For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

LDWF Biologists Recommend Staying Away From Displaced Wildlife During Flood Event

Release Date: 08/17/2016

Aug. 17, 2016 – Widespread flooding in southern Louisiana will displace wildlife and could move the animals into populated areas. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists said the public should be on the lookout for wildlife such as deer, snakes, alligators or any displaced animal.
If you see wild animals the most prudent thing to do is stay away and leave them alone.
To report nuisance alligators, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-alligator-contacts . To report nuisance wildlife, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nwco .
In cases where a bird or mammal has been injured and is in need of assistance, concerned citizens should contact a certified wildlife rehabilitator listed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/rehab . Wildlife rehabilitators have the training, skills and facilities necessary to care for most injured animals and are permitted by LDWF to rehabilitate injured wildlife in Louisiana.
Rehabilitators are not permitted to take deer or fawns without prior LDWF approval. All calls regarding deer or fawns must be handled through the appropriate LDWF regional office. Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-field-offices-and-telephone-numbers for a listing of those offices or contact LDWF Deer Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344.
Bordelon said the public should not pick up fawns during this disaster. There is a good chance the doe is nearby but reluctant to come out in view of the public. Deer will attempt to return to their normal home ranges in advance of the water receding in some cases.
Department biologists said that smaller animals such as rabbits are adept swimmers and can ride out the flooding on stumps, logs and floating debris.
For more information on displaced wildlife, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-wildlife .


LDWF Postpones Alligator Hunting Information Meetings Until Aug. 24

Release Date: 08/17/2016

Aug. 17, 2016 – Widespread flooding in southern Louisiana has prompted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to postpone Wednesday’s (Aug. 17) alligator lottery and commercial hunt information meetings for Joyce, Manchac, Maurepas Swamp, and Pearl River Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) until Aug. 24.
The meetings will be held in the Louisiana Room on the first floor of the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. The lottery meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with the commercial meeting to follow at 1 p.m.
Licenses and tags will be provided after each meeting.
For more information, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.


LASS Saltwater Series Cancelled for August 20th - Delacroix

Release Date: 08/16/2016

LASS Saltwater Series Cancelled for August 20th - Delacroix

For Immediate Release
August 16, 2016
Contact: Sam Barbera
(August 16, 2016) - Due to the extreme flooding conditions across much of south Louisiana, the Louisiana Saltwater Series (LASS) Delacroix event scheduled for Saturday, August 20th has been canceled. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time.  
All pre-paid tournament fees will be refunded. Many of our anglers are voluntarily assisting with water rescue, and the future recovery assignments for LDWF employees are uncertain.  
The LASS tournament trail will resume on September 17th at Calcasieu Point Landing. Teams with participation in two events shall qualify for the 2016 Championship.
For questions contact Sam Barbera, LASS Tournament Director at Sbarbera@wlf.la.govor 225-405-7827.

Portions of roads at state Wildlife Management Areas Closed Because of Flooding

Release Date: 08/15/2016

Aug. 15, 2016 – Heavy rain in south Louisiana the past few days has flooded parts of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Management Areas, forcing closure of some roads and walk areas.
Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp WMA has been closed. It will be reopened once the flooding recedes and LDWF has inspected and repaired any damage.
The Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA has been closed.  LDWF will reopen the Swamp Walk once the flood waters recede.
At Pearl River WMA, the south end of Oil Well Road has been closed. LDWF will inspect and repair any damage and reopen the road once the flood waters recede.
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
Joyce WMA, which consists of 27,487 acres, is located in southern Tangipahoa Parish about five miles south of Hammond in the Pontchartrain Basin.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.
Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
For more information on these WMAs, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.


LDWF Provides Update on Search and Rescue Missions in South Louisiana by Enforcement Agents

Release Date: 08/15/2016

Agents rescuing people in Zachary on Aug. 14.
Agents rescuing people in the Pontchatoula area on Aug. 14.
Agents rescuing people in the Pontchatoula area on Aug. 14.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 2,982 people and 566 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 and have ran search and rescue missions around the clock ever since. The following are the rescues by parish since 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 till 5 a.m. on Aug. 15.

Tangipahoa - 305 people and 108 animals
Washington - 3 people
Livingston - 143 people and 57 animals
St. Helena - 25 people
East Baton Rouge - 1,422 people and 223 animals
Iberia - 41 people and 3 animals
Lafayette - 828 people and 113 animals
East Feliciana - 49 people and 5 animals
West Feliciana - 2 people
Vermilion - 92 people and 27 animals
Acadia - 22 people and 2 animals
St. Landry - 22 people and 14 animals
Ascension - 28 people and 14 pets

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise. Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov.


Release Date: 08/12/2016

The Artificial Reef Council will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 25 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.


1)   Introduction and Welcome                                                          

2)   Approval of Minutes & Agenda                                                 

3)   Reef Program Update---Michael McDonough & Craig Gothreaux

4)   Presentation of Nearshore Reef Planning Area Maps

            -Decision by Council

5)   Presentation of Inshore Reef Proposals:

            a) Lake Pontchartrain

                        -Decision by Council

            b) Calcasieu Lake

                        -Decision by Council

6)   Public Comments

7)   Other business

8)   Adjourn

For more information contact Mike McDonough at 225-763-5418.


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