Release Date: 12/27/2005

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men in Vermilion Parish for violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act during the first week of December.

Agents cited Percy Chatagnier II, 22, of St. Martinville on Dec. 6 for taking white-fronted geese, also known as speckle bellies, during a closed season.  Agents patrolling for migratory bird hunters near the town of Wright found Chatagnier in possession of two freshly killed white-fronted geese and 10 blue geese.

On Dec. 7, agents cited Brian Braus, 21, of Kaplan for hunting migratory game birds from a public road.  While investigating a complaint about shooting geese from a public road, agents apprehended Braus after he allegedly shot two blue geese from Mulberry Road near Kaplan.

The penalty for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a fine up to $15,000, or jail time up to six months or both.

Agents participating in the cases were Senior Agents Keith Delahoussaye, Lonnie Campbell and Layne Picard.

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