HUNTERS CITED FOR WATERFOWL VIOLATIONS IN AVOYELLES PARISH

Release Date: 01/25/2007

On Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Dr. Bryan C. McCann, 62, of Marksville, Michael Bordelon, 56, of Houma, Tammy J. Lemoine, 48, of Mansura, and a 14-year-old Woodworth youth for allegedly violating the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in Avoyelles Parish.


Senior Agent Douglas Anderson Jr. was on patrol near Brouillette when he heard gunshots coming from McCanns property and went to investigate.  Anderson spotted the four hunters in a duck blind. At the conclusion of the hunt, Anderson made contact with the group and began checking licenses, equipment, and ducks.


He found them to be in possession of 48 ducks, twice the legal daily bag limit. Lemoine and McCann also possessed lead shot shells, which cannot be used for hunting waterfowl.  In addition, McCann's shotgun was not plugged, meaning it was capable of holding more than the three-shell limit imposed by law.  McCann, Bordelon, and Lemoine were each issued citations for taking over limit of ducks.  McCann and Lemoine were also issued citations for violating non-toxic shot requirements.  In addition, McCann was also cited for hunting ducks with an unplugged gun and aiding and abetting a juvenile in taking more than the daily bag limit of ducks.  The juvenile was issued a summons to state district juvenile court for taking over the limit of ducks.


A total of 80 lead shot shells were seized in the case.  The 48 ducks were also seized and later donated charity.


Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act carry fines of up to $15,000, up to six months in jail or both, community service and a probationary period of up to five years, including loss of hunting privileges worldwide.   A violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in district court is a fine of $400 to $950, or jail for not more than 120 days or both plus court cost.


Sgt. Travis Burnett and Agent Byron Cammack assisted in the case.


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.


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