Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents cited five Slidell residents on Dec. 17 for alleged migratory game bird violations in Orleans Parish.
Agents cited David Marshall, 55, Charles Efferson, 49, Michael Landry, 42, Robert Landry, 52, and a juvenile for hunting over bait. Agents also cited Robert Landry for an unplugged gun, Michael Landry for hunting with lead shot and the juvenile for over limit of scaup.
Agents were given an anonymous tip through the new tip411 smart phone application of possible illegal hunting activity in the Lake Catherine area. Agents conducted an investigation into the complaint and found several baited ponds. Agents seized 36 ducks from the subjects.
The state penalties for hunting migratory game birds over bait, hunting with an unplugged gun, use of lead shot and possessing over the limit of scaup brings fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense. The subjects could each owe the state $956 in civil restitution for the illegally taken game.
LDWF launched the tip411 program at the end of September as a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.
To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge. CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
Citizens can also call Operation Game Thief's Hotline at 1-800-442-2511. The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.
Investigating Agents were Sgts. Kris Bourgeois and Todd Laviolette, Senior Agents Doug Danna and Austin Arteaga, and Agents Mike Williams and Jared Taylor.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.