Enforcement

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.

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.

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.

Two Grant Parish Men Cited For Illegally Killing a Nine Point Buck

Release Date: 08/18/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged deer violations in Grant Parish on Aug. 11.

Agents cited Skyler Welch, 19, and Dillon County, 18, both from Montgomery, for hunting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours with artificial light, with an illegal weapon and without any hunting licenses or tags.

Agents investigated the case after receiving information from the Montgomery Chief of Police who found a dead deer in a pasture behind a home where he was investigating a report of a stolen gun.

Agents arrived on the scene and collected a nine-point buck.  Agents then interviewed Welch and County who were implicated in the stolen gun report.

During the interviews both men admitted to seeing the deer around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 11.  They went to get a gun then drove around to find that the deer had moved from the field and into the woods.

Once the deer was spotted in the woods, Skyler shot and dropped the deer with a rimfire .22 magnum.  He then ran to the deer and shot it again at close range.

The men dragged the deer to the open field where it was spotted the next day by the Chief of Police.

Hunting deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking deer with an illegal weapon carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to possess deer tags brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and big game license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  The two men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Byron Cammack, Sgt. Rusty Perry and Senior Agent Heath Wood.

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

Three Men Cited for Closed Season Turkey Violations

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged closed season turkey violations on Aug. 16 in Bienville Parish.

Agents cited James Kearney, 29, of Ringgold, Daniel Hollis, 25, of Arcadia, and Michael Foster, 51, of Sibley, for hunting from a public road.  Kearney was also cited for taking a turkey illegally during a closed season.  Hollis and Foster were also cited for possession of an illegally taken turkey.

Responding to an anonymous tip, agents were able to make contact with Hollis and Foster at Hollis’ residence.  Upon questioning, the two men admitted to be in a truck when Kearney shot a turkey from Pietsch Road near Ringgold on Aug. 15.  The two men also told the agent that the turkey was in an ice chest in Hollis’ front yard.

Agents involved in the case are Bryant Coburn, Jared McIver and Mike Kelley.

Taking turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The turkey season for Bienville Parish ended in late April of 2015 and won’t reopen until March 26 of 2016.

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

LDWF Agent Books Two for Illegal Drug and Firearm Possession

Release Date: 08/17/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested two people on Aug. 12 in Claiborne Parish for alleged drug violations.

Lt. Kenneth Balkom arrested Billy J. Camp, 37, of Homer, and Amanda L. Irby, 36, of Doyline, for possession of methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs.

Lt. Balkom was on regular patrol around 5:30 p.m. when he spotted a pickup truck parked on the side of Flat Lick road.  Upon approaching the vehicle he saw a woman walk fast towards the woods to throw something and then come back to the truck.  When Lt. Balkom made contact with the two people he asked what Irby deposited in the woods and she admitted that it was a pistol.

Lt. Balkom then called Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies for backup as he conducted a search of their vehicle.  Lt. Balkom found marijuana in plain sight on the console inside the truck and also found methamphetamines and more marijuana during the search.  He also found Camp in possession of a firearm.

Possession of methamphetamines carries up to a $5,000 fine and two to five years in jail.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.

He arrested the two and booked them into the Claiborne Parish Jail.

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

Slidell Man Cited for Shrimping During a Closed Season

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial fisherman for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 12 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents patrolling in Black Bay observed a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 9:30 p.m.  During the inspection, agents found approximately 23 pounds of shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Michael J Daigle Jr, 28, of Slidell, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized the shrimp.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Scott Keller and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.

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

Homer Man Cited for Deer Hunting Out of Season

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Homer man on Aug. 12 for alleged deer hunting violations in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited Canyon Roberson, 19, of Homer, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, discharging a firearm from a public road, and expired driver’s license.

Agents received a complaint from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office about a man shooting from Highway 2 near Homer.  Agents stopped a vehicle that matched the description around 9:30 p.m. and discovered Roberson to be in possession of a freshly killed doe deer.

Taking deer during a closed season and taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Driving with an expired license will have any fines assigned by the parish if found guilty.

Roberson may also be responsible for a civil restitution amount of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Kenneth Balkom, Sgt. Mike Kelley, and Senior Agents Bryant Coburn and Jared McIver

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

Two Jefferson Parish Men Arrested For Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 08/13/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents arrested two men on Aug. 11, for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Shane Rogers, 32, and Terryl Perez, 27, both from Lafitte for theft of crab traps, illegal removal of the contents of crab traps, harassment of a legal fisherman and intentional littering.

Agents investigated the two men after being shown photos of the men in the Bay Round area of Plaquemines Parish cutting the corks off crab traps.  The men would replace the cut corks with their own and then throw the original fishermen’s corks in the water.

After looking at the photos, agents conducted interviews where the men admitted to cutting the other fisherman’s corks.  Agents then secured warrants for the men and booked in the Jefferson Parish Jail waiting to transfer to Plaquemines Parish.

Theft of crab traps and illegal removal of contents of crab traps carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.  Harassment of a person lawfully fishing carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young, Senior Agent Mike Marques and Agent Kyle Wagner.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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