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Commission Adopts Notice of Intent to Amend the Rules and Regulations for Potentially Dangerous Quadrupeds, Big Exotic Cats, and Non-Human Primates

Release Date: 07/03/2014

July 3, 2014 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent today to amend the rules and regulations for potentially dangerous quadrupeds, big exotic cats, and non-human primates.
 
The purpose of the amendment, as proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), is to clarify some of the terms used in the regulations, to modify some permit requirements, and to remove some redundant language. 
 
Specifically, the amendment defines “zoo” for the purposes of obtaining a permit under the regulations.  However, an entity that does not meet the definition of “zoo” as stated in the amendment may still qualify for a permit as long as the application has been received by July 1, 2014.
 
For the possession of non-human primates, the amendment removes an exemption to grant permits for “helper monkeys,” or trained primates kept by a disabled person to assist in daily tasks.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) had been amended so that only trained dogs qualify as service animals, and this change to Louisiana’s regulations will more closely reflect the federal statutes.
 
In order to renew their permits, owners of non-human primates will be required to complete the same type of paperwork that owners of large cats complete – including a hold harmless agreement, a financial responsibility statement, and a consent to inspection of the primate and its enclosure.
 
Finally, the amended rules would authorize LDWF to set a limit on the “grandfather” date, and the owner of any previously unpermitted primate that qualifies for a permit would be required to submit an application prior to June 30, 2015 in order for it to be considered. 
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Camille Warbington, LDWF Wildlife Division, Post Office Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or cwarbington@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2014.
 
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.
 

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Commission Resolution Adds Acreage to Peason Ridge WMA

Release Date: 07/03/2014

July 3, 2014 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today adopted a resolution that adds acreage to Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
 
Peason Ridge WMA’s new 17,994 acres have been added through a cooperative management agreement with the US Army.  That addition increases Peason Ridge to 51,004 total acres, owned by the US Army.  
 
The WMA is located eighteen miles north of Leesville with acreage in Sabine, Natchitoches and Vernon Parishes.
 
The Commission’s resolution procedure is part of the formal regulatory process that must be followed in the establishment of WMAs. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries manages over 1.5 million acres of public land for outdoor recreation use.
 
For more information on the state WMA program, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma or contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359, or 318-487-5885, or ssmith@wlf.la.gov . 

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Proposed Duck Hunting Dates for 2014-2015 Season Presented to Commission

Release Date: 07/03/2014

July 3, 2014 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission received the proposed duck hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) at their monthly meeting.

The dates presented reflect another 60-day season for Louisiana hunters across the coastal, east and west zones.

The proposed dates and splits for the upcoming season are as follows:

Coastal Zone: Nov. 8 - 30; and Dec. 13 - 18; Youth Hunt Nov. 1 - 2. 

East Zone: Nov. 22 - Dec 7; and Dec. 13 - Jan. 25; Youth Hunt Nov. 15 and Jan. 31.

West Zone: Nov. 15 - Dec. 14, and Dec. 20 - Jan. 18; Youth Hunt Nov. 8 and Jan. 24.

These proposed dates reflect preferences noted in past waterfowl hunter surveys conducted by the Department via mail-out and on-line survey forms.  Final approval of season dates will be made at the August Commission meeting.

The 2014-15 duck season framework provides for a daily bag limit of six (6) and a possession limit of eighteen (18). Federal and state waterfowl stamps are required to hunt waterfowl.

For more information or to comment on proposed dates, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov .

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Commission Adopts Notice of Intent on Aerial Feral Hog Control

Release Date: 07/03/2014

July 3, 2014 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent today for the establishment of permit regulations for aerial feral hog control.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) developed the regulations in response to Act 592, signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal following the 2014 Legislative Session.
 
The act amends R.S. 56:112, to allow the taking of nuisance quadrupeds by use of aircraft.  The growth of the feral hog population, and the corresponding damage that they can cause, throughout Louisiana has led to an increased interest by private landowners to use multiple methods for feral hog control.
 
Under the framework proposed in the NOI, an aviation company could apply for a permit from LDWF to use an aircraft to aid in the taking of feral hogs.  A landowner, or a group of landowners, would have to contact LDWF and provide authorization to a permit holder to take hogs on their property/properties. Additionally, the landowner(s) could provide permission to the aviation company to use “subagents”, such as gunners or observers, to directly participate in hog control activity. The proposed regulations also outline safety training that subagents must complete prior to commencement of aerial hog control activity.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Camille Warbington, LDWF Wildlife Division, Post Office Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or cwarbington@wlf.la.gov prior to Aug. 30, 2014.
 
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.

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LWFC Takes Measures to remove bag, size and seasonal limits on several species for consistency with Federal regulations

Release Date: 07/03/2014

July 3, 2014 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a notice of intent at their meeting today to modify the regulations on reef fishes.  The proposed rule would remove from state regulations several species that were previously removed from Federal management.  These are species that are seldom harvested, and even less often targeted.  The result of the proposed change to state regulations would be to have consistent regulations on these species for both state and federal waters.

The proposed rule would remove dog and mahogany snapper and schoolmaster from the 10 fish per person recreational creel limit for reef fish.  That daily aggregate creel limit would still be in place for queen, mutton, blackfin, cubera, gray (mangrove), silk, yellowtail and wenchman snappers.  

The proposed rule would also remove the 12-inch minimum size limit for dog and mahogany snappers and schoolmaster, and the 8-inch minimum size for black seabass for both commercial and recreational harvesters.

It would remove blackline tilefish and anchor tilefish from the 20 fish per person aggregate recreational creel limit for reef fish.  That daily aggregate creel limit would still be in place for vermilion and lane snapper, gray triggerfish, almaco jack, goldface tilefish, tilefish, and blueline tilefish.

It would remove red hind, rock hind and misty grouper from the 4 fish per person aggregate creel limit for reef fish.  That daily aggregate creel limit would still be in place for speckled hind (limit 1 within the aggregate), black, red, snowy, yellowedge, yellowfin, yellowmouth, warsaw (limit 1 within the aggregate), and gag groupers, and scamp.  It would also remove the current recreational closed season for rock and red rind, currently February 1 through March 31 of each year.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule prior to September 4, 2014 to Jason Adriance, Office of Fisheries, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge LA  70808 or by e-mail to jadriance@wlf.la.gov

To view the notice of intent in its entirety, click here:

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 press inquires contact Ashley Roth, aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162.

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LWFC Takes Measures to Implement Professionalism Program for New Entrants into Louisiana Crab Fishery

Release Date: 07/03/2014

July 3, 2014 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a notice of intent at their meeting today to implement a professionalism program for new entrants into the Louisiana crab fishery.  This program was designed in close cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Crab Task Force.

Today’s notice of intent will establish the requirements needed to complete the program, including:

  • Education in the proper fishing techniques necessary for the health and sustainability of crabs; proper techniques for the best capture and presentation of the crabs for marketability
  • Proper instructions regarding the placement, tending, and maintenance of crab traps to reduce potential conflicts with other user groups
  • Authorizes the program to include a mandatory apprenticeship program

To view the notice of intent in its entirety, click here:

Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings through September 1. Comments will also be accepted by email to Jason Froeba at jfroeba@wlf.la.gov or by mail to Jason Froeba, Office of Fisheries Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 9800, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898.

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 press inquires contact Ashley Roth, aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162.

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LDWF Family Fish Fest Brings Summer Fun to Coastal Louisiana

Release Date: 07/03/2014

(July 3, 2014) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host its fifth installment of Family Fish Fest on Saturday, July 12 at Elmer’s Island in Grand Isle.  This is the Department’s last saltwater event in 2014, so don’t miss the opportunity to join anglers of all experience levels for a day of education and fun.

Join your family in learning fishing basics and participate in activities that will increase your fishing knowledge and skill.  Competitive categories are available for nearly every legal species, and every participant is eligible for a myriad of raffle prizes compliments of event sponsors.

Divisions include Little Angler (ages 10 and under), Junior Angler (ages 11-16) and Team (adult and youth).  A list of categories for each division can be viewed on the event website www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest.  Participants are asked to bring their own equipment, bait and live fish transport containers.  Live redfish and speckled trout will be tagged and released by LDWF biologists in conjunction with the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program.

Activities include a mobile touch tank, fish identification, knot tying lessons, fish ageing, fish tagging, cast net lessons, seining, minnow races, arts and crafts and casting tutorials.  Robbie the Redfish, LDWF’s newest mascot, will be onsite for photo opportunities and to greet guests.

Entry for the event is $10 and includes a t-shirt and lunch.  The first 50 youth registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag.  Every registrant will automatically be entered into numerous prize drawings.  Pre-registration is available online at www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest.
 
Saturday’s sponsors include CCA Louisiana, Coca Cola Bottling Company Baton Rouge, Pure Fishing, New Orleans Zephyrs, Coon Neck Wildlife and Art Gallery, Dufrene Building Materials, Faux Pas Prints, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Grand Isle Development Community Team, Frank’s Supermarket, Marsh and Bayou Outfitters, Friends of Grand Isle and Emprint Moran Printing.

The LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
 
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information on Family Fish Fest, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489. 
 

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LDWF Initiates Drawdown on Clear-Smithport Lake

Release Date: 07/02/2014

(July 2, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries initiated a drawdown on Clear-Smithport Lake in Desoto Parish on July 1 to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
 
Biologists will also use this low water period to assess the lake bottom and make restoration recommendations regarding fisheries habitat.
 
A gate closure date will be determined by LDWF staff following vegetation surveys and habitat assessments. 
 
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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwfffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Yeldell, LDWF Biologist Manager, at ryeldell@wlf.la.gov or (337) 286-5940.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

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LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boat Incident on Amite River

Release Date: 07/02/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal boating incident on the Amite River in Livingston Parish on July 1.

LDWF agents were notified about a single vessel incident around 6:30 p.m. involving a husband and wife of Livingston Parish.

It is believed at this time that the 17 foot surface drive vessel operated by Richard Ledoux, 58, hit a tree near the bank in the Killian area near Pete’s Landing.  The collision with the tree resulted in the death of Deborah Ledoux, 59, and injuries for Richard.

Richard was airlifted to the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge for treatment.  It is not suspected that his injuries are life threatening at this time.

Deborah's body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.  An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.

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

Veteran Team wins LASS Tournament in Delacroix

Release Date: 07/01/2014

Veteran Team wins LASS Tournament in Delacroix

June 30, 2014 – In its fourth year, the Louisiana Saltwater Series continues to attract anglers from across the state with an average payout of more than $10,000 per venue.  This past Saturday, 86 redfish were tagged and released at the LASS Tournament in Delacroix.

 
Veteran tournament anglers, Josh Hall and Mitchell Chevalier (both from Metairie)  won their first LASS tournament with a two-fish total weight of 15.61 pounds, earning over $4000 in cash.
 
Top finishers included: Brandon Treadaway and Kevin Bergeron, second place; Barnie White and Steve White, third place; Chris Kennedy and Steven Hooter, fourth place. 

The LASS is hosted annually by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the tournament's non-profit partner.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.
 
Please visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for the remainder of the 2014 schedule, complete results, and a full list of sponsors.  
 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

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