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New Regulation Governing Importation of Cervid Carcasses into Louisiana Goes into Effect March 1

Release Date: 02/23/2017

Feb. 23, 2017 - A new regulation governing importation of cervid carcasses into Louisiana will go into effect March 1, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The regulation was passed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) in the fall of 2016 and aims to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
 
The regulation reads in part: No person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating outside of Louisiana, except: for meat that is cut and wrapped; meat that has been boned out; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth. …Any and all bones shall be disposed of in a manner where its final destination is at an approved landfill or equivalent. Said rule shall be effective March 1, 2017.
  
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. 
 
This ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and 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.
 
CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk and mule deer as well as white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal. It’s part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue which leads to death of the animal.
 
CWD is caused by prions, which are proteins normally found in the body that have mutated. These prions kill nerve cells and cause holes to develop in the brain tissue. They are spread through direct deer-to-deer contact or through contact with urine, feces, saliva and body parts of infected deer or infectious materials in the soil. It’s most commonly found in deer pens and captive facilities.
 
It is different from hemorrhagic disease (epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus and/ or bluetongue virus), which is a virus spread by bites from infected insects.
 
Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) there is no evidence that CWD can infect humans. However, the CDCP recommends caution in handling venison in the infected region and that deer be tested for CWD before consuming.
 
CWD has been documented in 23 states, including Texas and Arkansas, and two Canadian provinces.
 
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344.

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Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set For March 4 at Shreveport Convention Center

Release Date: 02/22/2017

Students compete in an Archery in Louisiana Schools tournament.

Feb. 22, 2017 – More than 1,000 student archers from 45 schools will compete in the 2017 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament on March 4 at the Shreveport Convention Center. Students will be competing for $20,000 in scholarships and a chance to advance to the national tournament.
 
The event, which begins at 8 a.m., is open to the public. Admission fee is $5 for adults and free to those 18 years and younger. The tournament runs throughout the day with the awards ceremony set for 6:30 p.m. This year’s state tournament will include both bullseye and 3-D competitions. Students qualified for the state tournament in two regional events held in January.
 
Volunteers to assist at this year’s event are still being recruited. To volunteer, please contact ALAS Regional Coordinator Jan McGovern at jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4930.
 
The ALAS program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), is part of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which teaches basic archery skills to students in grades 3-12. About 200 schools and 20,000 students in Louisiana participate in the program. Nationally, more than 14,000 schools and 2.4 million students take part in the NASP program.
 
The 2017 ALAS State Tournament is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors: Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA), Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Hoot & Holler Archery, LSU AgCenter,  Morrell Targets, Louisiana National Guard, H&E Equipment Services, Whitetails Unlimited-Cenla Buckbusters, Quality Deer Management Association-Central Louisiana Branch, , Academy Sports + Outdoors, CENLA Signs, Homeland Security, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Cenla Bowbenders, and Outlaw’s BBQ.
 
ALAS has grown rapidly since May of 2012 when about 35 schools participated. The program is administered in all parts of the state, from rural areas to inner city schools.
 
“It’s big,’’ said Robert Stroede, LDWF’s ALAS State Coordinator. “The more schools that got involved, the more schools wanted in. You get two or three schools in a parish and they start competing then all the other schools say, ‘Why don’t we have that?’ Or you get one kid who transfers from a school that has the program to a school that doesn’t and the parents say, ‘Hey, my son or daughter got to do archery at the last school. Why don’t you guys have it?’ It really kind of snowballed once it got started.’’
 
The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator, Robert Stroede, at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

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LDWF Offers Volunteer Opportunity

Release Date: 02/22/2017

There’s still time to become a volunteer with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program. Join us on Saturday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lake Pontchartrain Lighthouse in New Orleans for this free, instructional workshop.
 
At this hands-on workshop, participants will receive the training needed to become a volunteer instructor. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder of lesson plans, activity guides and educational materials for future use will be provided to those who attend. (Please note a $25 reservation fee is required to reserve your spot and will be refunded at the workshop.)
 
Upon completion of the 8-hour workshop and background check, volunteers can participate in an equipment loaner kit program. Just as a library loans books, we can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, arts and crafts, and more. The loaner program allows instructors to introduce budding anglers to fishing without having to purchase any equipment.
 
For more information or for other upcoming workshops, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs.
 
For questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504) 286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

Turner’s Pond Get Out and Fish! Results

Release Date: 02/21/2017

Turner’s Pond Get Out and Fish! Results

On Saturday, February 11 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Lakeview United Methodist Church and radio stations KBEF 104.5 and KASO 1240 AM partnered to host a Get Out and Fish! event at Turner’s Pond in Minden. Prior to the event, the pond was stocked with 600 pounds of rainbow trout donated by Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery. The event was a tremendous success with over 460 participants trying their luck at catching the elusive rainbow trout while landing fish of all species. 
 
Saturday’s winners are as follows:
 
Little Angler “Other”: Weston Duck, first; Jake Boyce, second; Marshall Duck, third
 
Junior Angler “Other”: Elijah Redding, first; Christopher Harris, second; Timothy Berry, third
 
Adult Angler “Other”: Trey Smith, first; Kris Crocker, second
 
Weston Duck also took home the prize for the biggest fish, a certificate valued at $400 courtesy of Davidson Taxidermy to have a fish of his choice mounted.
 
There are still plenty of stocked rainbow trout at Turner’s Pond, so grab your fishing gear before waters warm and try your luck at catching this challenging game fish.
 
LDWF’s Get Out and Fish! 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 fisheries resources. 
 
For more information on the Get Out and Fish! program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov.

 

March Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Location has Changed

Release Date: 02/21/2017

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be meeting in Natchitoches for the meeting on March 2nd.  An agenda will be published prior to the meeting date

 

What:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting

 

When:  Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

 

Where: Magnolia Room of the Natchitoches Events Center located at 750 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana

 

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. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Public Hearings Begin Feb. 20 to Gather Comments on Proposed Hunting Seasons, WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/15/2017

Feb. 15, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings beginning Monday (Feb. 20) around the state to present and gather comments on the proposed 2017-19 resident game hunting season dates, 2017-18 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2017-18 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, 2018 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas and experimental dove field leasing program.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 20 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School library, 19452 Louisiana Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula;
 
Feb. 21 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the New Orleans LDWF Field Office, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, second floor conference room, Suite 210, New Orleans;
 
Feb. 22 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the New Iberia VFW Hall-Post 1982, 1907 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia;
 
Feb. 23 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Historic Fire Station Building, 200 East Mississippi Street, Ruston;
 
Feb. 24 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 25 (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at the Louisiana State Evacuation Shelter at LSU-Alexandria, 8125 Hwy. 71, Lecompte.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through March 5 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359, 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Joint Fisheries Seafood Task Force Working Group to Meet February 15th

Release Date: 02/14/2017

Joint Fisheries Task Force Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.            Old Business

A.    Discussion of LA Certified Wild Seafood Program-Acy Cooper

III.         New Business

A.    Discussion of Shrimping Requirements RE: Plastic Jugs, Returning Ghost Traps to the Water- George Barisich

B.    Discussion of Dual Claimed Waterways and the Potential impact on User Groups- Mitch Jurisich

IV.          Public Comment

V.            Set next meeting

VI.          Adjourn

 

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. To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6662203017136174339

Follow LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet on Twitter

Release Date: 02/13/2017

You can now follow Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet on Twitter @JMontoucetLDWF. Secretary Montoucet will update followers about important issues regarding the agency’s management of Louisiana’s precious resources. Even more, Secretary Montoucet will share day-to-day information about agency activities that impact his constituents – the citizens of Louisiana.
 
Secretary Montoucet was appointed LDWF Secretary in January by Governor John Bel Edwards. The Louisiana native from Scott, Louisiana, is the former owner of Jacques’ Crocs & Farm Pride Processors and the retired fire chief of the Lafayette Fire Department. For 30 years, he was involved in growing and marketing the alligator farming program under LDWF, serving as president of the Louisiana Alligator Association.
 
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. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Host Public Meetings on Shrimp Amendment 17B

Release Date: 02/13/2017

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a series of meetings to gather public comments on Shrimp Amendment 17B. This Amendment considers setting shrimp harvest benchmarks, setting a target number of Federal Gulf of Mexico Shrimp permits, creating a permit pool, and allowing transit through federal waters for non-permitted shrimp vessels. Because the Council may take final action as early as April 2017, few opportunities remain for public input.

Louisiana meeting location:

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Courtyard by Marriott
142 Library Drive
Houma, LA 70360

 

Nearby meeting location:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Courtyard by Marriott
1600 East Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39501

The Gulf Council will also hold a public hearing webinar on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 for those who cannot attend in person.  To register, use the link below.  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1465688961281780737

You can also submit comments online via the link below before March 28, 2017: http://gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/comment_forms/Shrimp%20Amendment%2017B.php

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. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LWFC Passes Resolution to Recommend Adequately Evaluating Feral Hog Toxicants Before State Approval

Release Date: 02/10/2017

Feb. 10, 2017 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) passed a resolution at its Feb. 2 meeting in Baton Rouge, recommending the adequate evaluation of the feral hog toxicant Kaput and any other similar poisons prior to state approval to determine impacts on wildlife.
 
The resolution reads as follows: “The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) resolves that the LWFC recommends the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force (hereafter referred to as task force) should adequately evaluate the hog toxicant Kaput, as well as any additional toxicants that may be proposed in the future, prior to approval in Louisiana, as to its potential impacts on wildlife and the effects of consumption of those wildlife on humans.’’
 
LWFC Commissioner Bart Yakupzack of Lake Charles authored the resolution, which was passed unanimously by the commission.
 
“This resolution is consistent with recommendation No. 5 of the Task Force Report dated Feb. 1, 2017, which states that all feral hog toxicants must be evaluated by LDWF to ensure imposition of minimal risk to other wildlife species prior to the registration and legalization of the toxicant for use in Louisiana,’’ Yakupzack said.
 
The resolution came after a report from LDWF veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour, a member of the task force.
 
During his presentation to the commission, LaCour said LDWF and the task force had many concerns about the toxicant, which has received conditional general licensure from the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
Though general directions for use states that the bait may only be applied in special feeders with 8-10 pound lids, LaCour and the Task Force believe other species would be able to access the poison. LaCour said LDWF researchers have witnessed a raccoon lifting a 23-pound lid on a feeder. There is also a worry the toxicant could be ingested by non-target species of concern like the Louisiana black bear.
 
LaCour also stated that squirrels and other rodents could feed on bait dropped or scattered by feral hogs, which could lead to secondary intoxication of predators such as bobcats, owls, hawks, eagles and vultures.
 
“Though there are specific directions for the toxicant’s use”, LaCour told the commission “concerns are high for inappropriate use of the product, especially bait dumping on the ground by users.’’
 
For more information, contact Dr. Jim LaCour at jlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0823.

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