LDWF News Release

Five Cited for Violating Scenic River Regulations

Release Date: 08/26/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five men for failing to comply with scenic river regulations on Aug. 22 in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Agents cited Joe Baggett, 36, Dylan Boyd, 21, Kevin Rothman, 35, Micah Boyd, 46, and Dustin Boyd, 25, all of Denham Springs for riding vehicles in the Comite River just south of Zachary.

Agents have received several complaints over the summer of people riding vehicles in this scenic river and have increased their patrol efforts in the area.  Agents found Bagget in a Suzuki Samauri and the four other men in some sort of all-terrain vehicle riding down the Comite River around 12:45 p.m.

Scenic river regulations prohibit the use of a motor vehicle or other wheeled or tracked vehicle on a designated system stream, except for permitted uses and direct crossings by immediately adjacent landowners, lessees, and persons who have written permission from the landowner for non-commercial activities that do not significantly degrade the ecological integrity of the stream.

Violators of the scenic river rules face a $250 to $500 fine and up to six months of jail time.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Carl Armstrong, Agent Max Wilkinson and Agent Hunter Pearson.

The Louisiana Scenic Rivers Act of 1970 provides LDWF the authority to regulate those activities that may directly and significantly degrade the ecological integrity of a natural and scenic river. The Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System for the purpose of preserving, protecting, developing, reclaiming, and enhancing the wilderness qualities, scenic beauties, and ecological regimes of certain free-flowing Louisiana streams. Today, there are approximately 3,000 miles of designated Natural and Scenic Rivers in the state.

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

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 08/24/2015

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. in 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 April 7, 2015 Meeting
  3. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Robert Nelson
    2. Todd Stipelcovich
  4. Update on Recommendations Made at April 7, 2015 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

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.  To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.



LDWF Schedules Cotile Lake Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 08/24/2015

(Aug. 24, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Cotile Lake in Rapides Parish on September 8, 2015 as part of an integrated management plan to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
The lake level will be lowered at a rate of approximately 4 inches per day to a maximum of 8 feet below pool stage. As the water level is lowered, herbicide sprays will be conducted, particularly in those areas accessible with spray equipment.
The control structure will be closed no later than January 15, 2016, to allow the lake to refill.
In addition to the drawdown and herbicide applications, 1,000 triploid grass carp were previously stocked in the lake to slow the regrowth of hydrilla.
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5885. For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

L.D.W.F. Enforcement Division Academy to Enroll Up to 24 Cadets for Training

Release Date: 08/24/2015

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in December of 2015 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field.

The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.

The opening dates that applications will be accepted for the “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position will be from Aug. 24 to Sept. 9.

“An LDWF enforcement agent has a tremendous responsibility, protecting Louisiana’s rich natural resources, and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “And those responsibilities extend to response efforts during natural disasters when citizens need assistance in impacted areas.”

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers.

Agents are additionally trained for search and rescue and serve as the lead responders in search and rescue coordination under the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

“We are looking for men and women who have a love for the outdoors, want to enforce conservation laws and can make it through a demanding six months of training,” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard, head of the Law Enforcement Division.

This class of graduating agents will fill field office vacancies around the state.  Each cadet is assigned to a parish and must reside in that parish upon completion of the academy.

Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS test to qualify for consideration. Please visit the civil service website at http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/ for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position and LEAPS testing application information.

For more information including a video about becoming an LDWF agent, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/enforcement/becoming-agent.

LDWF is charged with managing, conserving, and promoting wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.

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

Waterfowl Hunters Heading to Canada Need to Be Aware of Import Restrictions Currently in Place, e-Permitting Availability

Release Date: 08/21/2015

Aug. 21, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising waterfowl hunters planning to visit Canada during the upcoming hunting season that restrictions have been implemented on the importation of hunter harvested waterfowl carcasses and other unprocessed avian products from some Canadian provinces.
The restrictions, recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) and imposed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison, include additional prohibitions on the importation of poultry, commercial birds, other types of birds (research and performing), ratites, all avian hatching eggs, unprocessed bird carcasses and by-products, and certain fresh poultry products from the province of Ontario, Canada.  Any of these commodities originating from or transiting through the province of Ontario are prohibited entry to the United States due to the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry.  These restrictions may be updated as additional epidemiological information is obtained.
Also, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is not certifying for export any live poultry, day-old chicks or hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products or by-products that originated within Ontario, Canada.
Besides Ontario, restrictions are in place on importation of avian products, which would include hunter harvested migratory game birds, from a primary control area in British Columbia. This zone is defined as an area bounded by the following:
· On the west, the Pacific Ocean
· On the south, the United States Border
· On the north, Highway 16
· On the east, the border between the province of British Columbia and the province of Alberta
A map outlining this zone is available here.
To view the most recent import alerts on this subject, visit this link:
Hunters using e-Permitting technology for permits in the United States are also advised that the Canadian Wildlife Service has now fully implemented their new e-Permitting system and it can be used by hunters in the US and Canada. The system is available through Environment Canada’s Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit Webpage (http://ec.gc.ca/rcom-mbhr/default.asp?lang=En&n=182D8E96-1).
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge Public Access to Be Temporarily Restricted Beginning Sept. 2

Release Date: 08/21/2015

Aug. 21, 2015 -- Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge will begin the annual nuisance alligator harvest on Wednesday, Sept. 2. During this period, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will not open the refuge to the public each day until 10 a.m.
After 10 a.m., the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize recreational areas until official sunset each day. The delayed openings will be in effect for seven days or until all alligator trappers have utilized their tags for this controlled harvest.
The refuge, spanning 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes, provides recreational opportunities to fishermen seeking shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and largemouth bass, among other species.
Rockefeller SWR is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually. Located at the terminus of the vast Mississippi Flyway, south Louisiana winters about four million waterfowl annually. The refuge provides high quality wetlands habitat for ducks, geese, shorebirds and wading birds.
For more information on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov or contact Phillip Trosclair at 337-491-2593.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 08/20/2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans



I.  Roll call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of May 5, 2015 meeting minutes and August 26 agenda

III.  Treasury Report
        A.  Oyster Tag Sales
        B.  LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports
        A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee
        B.  Enforcement (Lt. Colonel Sammy Martin)
        C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                           a. 2015 legislative report- Cole Garrett

        D. Research (Patrick Banks)
        E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
        F.  Marketing (Ashley Roth)
                          a. Louisiana Oystermen video proposal

        G. Health (Lance Broussard)
                          a. Report on compliance with time-temperature matrix requirements
                          b. Update on ISSC education requirements

        H.  Sustainability (LDWF)
          I.  Professionalism (LDWF)

V.  Old Business
          A.  Update on weights and measure rule change and report on warnings or citations given for mislabeled measurement of shell-stock oysters and mislabeled measurement of shucked oysters- LDAF/LDWF

VI.  New Business
          A.    Save Louisiana Coalition presentation- Captain George Ricks
          B.   Appointment of the LOTF Oyster Lease Moratorium lifting committee Chairman, list of members and setting of first meeting.- Al Sunseri   
          C.   NSSP harvester training requirements- LDWF/DHH
          D.   Active potential of commercial clam harvest-Rusty Gaude
          E.   ISSC conference-October 24-29, Salt Lake City- Al Sunseri
          F.   Annual oyster stock assessment and preliminary oyster season recommendations-LDWF

VII.     Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.  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/1442913667005413122
For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.

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.  To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.


Two Men Cited for Illegal Alligator Hunting Violations

Release Date: 08/19/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two men for alleged alligator violations in Grant Parish on August 18.

Sgt. Chad Watts cited Samuel Daniels, 38, and Patrick Daniels, 43, both from Colfax, for taking alligators during a closed season and taking alligators without a license.  LDWF agents are still searching for a third subject who is believed to be involved and is being sought for questioning.

Sgt. Watts began investigating the case after receiving information from detectives with the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and a Probation and Parole agent concerning possible alligator violations.

During the investigation 12 different alligator heads and carcasses that were recently harvested were discovered behind the subject’s residence.  Inside the subject’s residence a large amount of alligator meat was discovered in two freezers.

Patrick Daniels and Samuel Daniels were interviewed and admitted to harvesting alligators in an oxbow off of the Red River on the Aug. 14 and 15.  They said they snagged the gators using rods and reels equipped with treble hooks.

Taking alligators during a closed season carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking alligators without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  The men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $4,509.60 for the illegally taken alligators.

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

Four Cited for Illegal Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 08/19/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four people in Livingston and East Feliciana parishes for alleged deer hunting violations on Aug. 18.

LDWF agents cited Edward A. Slaven III, Edward A. Slaven IV, 22, and Donald J. Weaver, all of Denham Springs, and Maegan C. Chavers, 25, of Liberty, Miss., for Federal Lacey Act violations, not possessing deer tags, hunting from a public road and moving vehicle, hunting deer during a closed season and illegal hours, not possessing a big game license and possession of illegally taken deer out of season.

Slaven IV, Weaver and Chavers were also cited for not possessing a basic hunting license.

Agents were notified about two illegally taken deer by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) around 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 18.  The LPSO pulled the vehicle over for a moving violation on the intersection of Hwy 1024 and 16 in Watson.  During the vehicle stop, the LPSO deputy noticed two deer in the back of the truck and called LDWF agents.

When agents arrived they learned from the subjects that they tried to hunt for deer in Livingston and East Feliciana parishes from the truck, but couldn’t find a deer.  They then entered Mississippi and found two doe deers to shoot in Amite County.  After harvesting the two deer, they transported the deer back into Louisiana, which is a Federal Lacey Act violation.

The four subjects also face wildlife charges in Mississippi.  Agents seized the 2004 pickup truck, 12 gauge shotgun, .22 rifle, .357 pistol and two spotlights.

The Lacey Act violation brings up to a $10,000 fine and five years in jail.  Hunting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road and not possessing deer tags each carries up to a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Randy Lanoux and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.

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

Construction at Wham Brake Impoundment to Delay Refilling the Reservoir on Russell Sage WMA

Release Date: 08/19/2015


Aug. 19, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising Wham Brake waterfowl hunters that construction will begin on the water control structures in September, delaying collection of rainfall to refill the reservoir until November.
As such, water levels may not be favorable for the September teal season, scheduled statewide for September 12 - 27.  LDWF will be working with the contractor to ensure the project is completed as soon as possible in order to catch rainfall for the regular fall waterfowl season, scheduled to open November 21 (East Zone). 
The water control structure work must be completed prior to the main weir replacement that is scheduled for 2016. These structures are situated in the lowest points in the impoundment and current conditions are favorable for their replacement.
Additional waterfowl opportunities, including for the early September teal season, are available on the southern portion of Russell Sage WMA (formerly Ouachita WMA) and on Boeuf WMA. 
Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area includes acreage in Caldwell, Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, and is located approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville.  Access is provided via U.S. Highway 80, U.S. Highway 165, LA Highway 15 and Interstate 20.
For more information, contact Lowery Moak, lmoak@wlf.la.gov or 318-343-4044 or Steve Smith, ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5885.


Syndicate content