Release Date: 06/06/2006

In the late evening hours of May 31, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited nine Louisiana residents for allegedly hunting frogs during a closed season in four separate cases on Attakapas Wildlife Management Area in lower St. Martin Parish.

The 2006 frog-hunting season re-opened at 12 a.m. on June 1 following a closed season during the months of April and May.

At 10:50 p.m., agents discovered Jason Chambers, 32, Henry Lissard, 57, and Susan Lissard, 55, all of New Iberia, with 44 frogs in their possession.

Then at 11:11 p.m., Toby Chevert, 29, and Armand Metrejean, 30, both of Pierre Part, were found with one frog in their possession.

Agents then stopped John Brown, 32, of Belle Rose, and James Fitzgerald, 45, of Ventress at 11:28 p.m. with 338 frogs in their possession.

At 11:30 p.m., agents apprehended Phillip Dimaggio, 17, of Morgan City, and Ian Lecompte, 17, of Berwick with 22 frogs in their possession.

Taking frogs during a closed season is punishable by a fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  All frogs were seized and returned to the water.

Agents participating in the cases were Sgt. Ross Mire, Senior Agent Jason Romero, and Agents Scott Dupre and David Boudreaux.

For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or