Enforcement

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2012

Dec. 18, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged hunting and boating safety violations along Highway 23 near Triumph in Plaquemines Parish on Dec. 16.

Agents cited Christopher Hicks, 25, of Boothville, and Calvin Riggs, 34, of Buras, for hunting migratory game birds (MGB) with an unplugged gun and violating the non-toxic shot requirements.  Agents also cited Riggs for hunting with an unsigned duck stamp.  Furthermore, Hicks was cited for hunt MGBs without a basic hunting license, federal and state duck stamps, possession of an alligator during a closed season and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents were patrolling along Highway 23 and observed a vehicle parked in a wooded area and heard people talking near the vehicle further into the wooded area.  Agents then observed several subjects coming from a barrow pit carrying a shotgun and dragging a pirogue.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found several ducks and a small alligator in the pirogue.  Agents checked the shotguns and found both shotguns were unplugged and both subjects hunted MGBs with lead shot.

While conducting a license check, agents found that Hicks did not have a hunting license or a state and federal duck stamp and Riggs did not sign his federal duck stamp.   Agents also discovered Hicks had hunted MGBs from the pirogue without a PFD.

The penalties for hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp, with an unsigned federal duck stamp, with an unplugged gun, violating non-toxic shot requirements, and possession of an alligator during a closed season carry a fine from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Failing to comply with PFD requirements, hunting without a resident basic license and hunting MGBs without a state stamp carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized and donated seven ducks, three coots and an alligator to charity.  Replacement value of the ducks, coots and alligator may total $605.96 in restitution.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Agents Cite Seven Men for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/13/2012

Dec. 13, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited seven men for deer hunting violations on Avoca Island in St. Mary Parish on Dec. 8.

Agents cited the following: Linzy Howard III, 44, of Morgan City for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun and possession of an untagged deer; Ernest Singleton, 45, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun; Joshua Williams, 25, of Morgan City, for failing to comply with deer tagging regulations; Derwin Hebert, 38, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged gun; Arik Louviere, 17, of Morgan City, for possession of untagged deer and over the limit of deer; Johnathan Francis, 59, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun; and Rodney Singleton, 39, of Houma, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun and possession of untagged deer.

Agents observed a large group of men hunting and approached them to conduct a license and compliance check.  Upon checking the men, agents found that only one of the deer in the men's possession was tagged and that deer was tagged improperly.  Agents also learned that five of the shotguns were unplugged and that Louviere had killed two antlerless deer putting him one over the legal limit in a day.

Agents seized and donated a total of four deer to charity.  Restitution on the four deer that were seized may be assessed at $1624.61 per deer.

Hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun, possession of an untagged deer and possessing over the limit of deer carries a fine from $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a fine from $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Scott Dupre and Jake Darden.

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

Three Cameron Parish Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Illegal Shrimping

Release Date: 12/12/2012

Three Cameron Parish men were sentenced in Federal Court on Dec. 4 for their roles in illegal shrimping on the Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

Judge Kathleen Kay for the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles sentenced Anthony G. Theriot, 37, Philip Lejeune, 50, and Jerimie M. Pugh, 37, all from Cameron, to $6,730 in fines and restitution and 30 days in jail for each defendant.

On Sept. 6, 2012, Theriot, Lejeune and Pugh pleaded guilty for commercial operation on an NWR, fishing on an NWR after sunset and taking over the limit of shrimp.  Judge Kay ordered a presentence investigation on the three defendants at this time.

On May 29, 2012, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents observed the three subjects place a shrimp trawl over the boat bay opening at the Grand Bayou water control structure on the Cameron Prairie NWR.  With the aid of a night vision, agents were able to observe and record the subjects tend and remove shrimp from the trawl.

The three subjects were subsequently apprehended and booked into the Cameron Parish Jail.  Agents seized the subject’s vessel, a 36 foot shrimp trawl and 631 pounds of shrimp.

Each defendant was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus a $70 special assessment for commercial operation on an NWR and for fishing on an NWR after sunset.  The men were also assessed $13,980 in restitution for the shrimp, which makes each defendant responsible for $4,660.

Each defendant was also placed on probation for five years in which they will not be allowed on any NWR.  Each defendant was ordered to serve 60 days in jail in which 30 days was suspended.  The defendants were taken into custody in the courtroom to begin serving their jail sentences.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. David Sanford and Stuart Guillory, Senior Agent Carl Pickett, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Officer Dave Panas.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie.

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

Second Black Bear Found Dead Within a Week

Release Date: 12/05/2012

Dec. 5, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Pointe Coupee Parish.

A hunter alerted authorities on Dec. 3 about a dead black bear lying in the woods between the Atchafalaya River and Louisiana Hwy. 1 on property owned by RoyOMartin.  RoyOMartin leases this part of their land for hunters.

Officials found an adult female black bear weighing about 225 pounds dead from an apparent high powered rifle gunshot wound.  LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot and killed late last week between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1.

A cash reward totaling up to $7,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this illegal killing of a black bear.  RoyOMartin is contributing $1,000 of the $7,000 total reward.

This is the second bear in a week that was found shot to death.  Officials found a dead black bear in Avoyelles Parish on Nov. 27.  A $6,000 reward is being offered for help in that case.

“RoyOMartin is in full support of black bear conservation in Louisiana and want to see the person who committed this crime held responsible,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF’s Enforcement Division.  “The department is aggressively working to delist the bear and make a legal hunting season for them, but each illegal killing adds time to when that could happen.”

Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $25,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray and know a few simple rules.  If possible, a hunter encountering a bear should back away and proceed in another direction.  If a bear approaches, you should raise your arms over your head to appear larger and speak in a normal tone of voice to let the bear know you are there.  If the bear continues to approach, wave your arms and yell at the bear.  At this point a hunter could use bear spray to deter the bear's approach.

Hunters should also be aware that baiting deer with corn artificially concentrates bears near deer stands.  It is recommended that hunters either refrain from using corn for bait or use soybeans to reduce bear feeding activity.  Bear encounters can be reported to 1-800-442-2511.

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

Two Men Cited for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/05/2012

Dec. 5, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited two men for migratory game bird (MGB) hunting violations along the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge on Dec. 2.

Agents cited Asaad Layous, 28, and Daniel Heckman, 61, both of French Settlement for hunting MGB during illegal hours, violating non-toxic shot requirements and hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp.  Layous was also cited for hunting MGB with an unplugged gun.

Agents received an anonymous complaint of people shooting wood ducks after legal shooting hours along the Mississippi River just south of Baton Rouge.  After setting up surveillance, agents witnessed the subjects enter the area via truck and quickly split up along an access road to begin calling in wood ducks.

Agents observed Layous and Heckman hunting well after legal shooting hours.  Agents made contact with the men and issued citations for the violations.

Each charge the men were cited with carries a fine from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Davis Madere and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Duplessis Man Cited for Illegally Selling Shrimp

Release Date: 12/05/2012

Dec. 5, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a man for alleged seafood violations in Saint Gabriel on Dec. 1.

Agents cited Louis Soileau, 53, of Duplessis for selling shrimp without a retail seafood vehicle license and for failing to maintain records.

While patrolling in Saint Gabriel, agents witnessed a man selling shrimp from his vehicle on the side of Highway 30.  Agents approached the man and found he did not possess the required license to sell seafood from his vehicle.  Soileau was also unable to provide agents with records of where the shrimp came from.

Selling fish without a retail seafood license (vehicle) and failing to maintain records each carry a fine from $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Davis Madere and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Three Jennings Men Cited for Intentional Concealment of Spotted Fawn

Release Date: 12/04/2012

Dec. 4, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Jennings men for alleged hunting violations on Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area on Nov. 23.

Agents charged Samuel T. Herndon, 22, for taking a spotted fawn, intentional concealment of wildlife and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest card requirements.  Agents also cited Nicholas J. Demary, 22, and Michael J. Comeaux, 23, for intentional concealment of wildlife.

After the three made a morning hunt on the Thistlethwaite WMA, agents found them in possession of a freshly killed spotted fawn hidden behind the seat of their truck.  During the investigation, agents allegedly learned that Herndon shot the fawn and that all three conspired to hide the deer behind the seat to sneak it out of the WMA.

Agents seized a 12-gauge shotgun and the spotted fawn, which was donated to charity.

Intentional concealment of wildlife carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking a spotted fawn brings up to a $750 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging and harvest card requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Agents also assessed Herndon with $1,624.61 in restitution for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents who are participating in the case are Sgt. Travis Huval, and Senior Agents Ryan Faul and Brandon Fontenot.

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

Two Men Sentenced In Intentional Concealment Case In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/29/2012

Nov. 29, 2012 -- On Nov. 29, 2012 two men pleaded guilty to commercial fishing violations in the 25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish.

Rick Nguyen, 37, of Buras, and Hung Anh Tiet, 29, of Dallas, Texas, both pleaded guilty to the intentional concealment of illegal fish.

Judge Kevin Conner ordered both men to pay a fine of $950 plus courts costs.  In addition, both Nguyen and Tiet had there set line licenses and state shark permits revoked for life.  Both men are also forbidden to involve themselves in any way in the shark industry for a period of two years.

This conviction was a result of a joint enforcement patrol with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement on April 8, 2012.

LDWF agents made contact with Nguyen and Tiet while responding to an anonymous complaint from offshore recreational fishermen of over the commercial daily limit of sharks.  Agents stopped the vessel “Lady Lyanna” in Tiger Pass located in Venice.

Upon immediate inspection of the vessel, agents found whole sharks located on the deck.  After further investigation, agents found a hidden compartment in the bow of the vessel that contained 12 large sacks of shark fins.  The bodies of the sharks belonging to the fins were not on the vessel.

Shark “finning” is an illegal practice of removing the shark’s fins, which are the most profitable part of the shark, and then discarding the rest of the shark’s body overboard.

The two men were in possession of 2,073 individual shark fins and 11 whole sharks. The 2,073 individual fins represent a total of 518 sharks bringing the total number of sharks possessed to 529.  The daily commercial limit for sharks in Louisiana is 33 per vessel placing the two men 496 sharks over their daily limit.

Federal prosecution is still pending by the NOAA General Counsel Office for the over limit and shark finning allegations.

Assistant District Attorney Jerry Lobrano prosecuted the case.

Agents participating in the case and prosecution were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.

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

Two New Orleans Men Cited For Red Drum Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/29/2012

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two New Orleans men for alleged red drum fishing violations on Nov. 24 in Plaquemines Parish.

Sgt. Adam Young cited Charles H. Stafford III, 22, and Percy I. Morgan Jr., 25, for taking over double the daily limit and undersized red drum after being found in possession of 50 red drum on the Shell Pipeline Canal located near Port Sulphur. 

All of the red drum were under the legal size limit of 16 inches except for one.  The daily limit on red drum is five fish per person, which put the men 40 red drum over the limit.

Possessing over the double the daily limit of red drum carries up to a $950 fine or up to 120 days in jail.  Taking undersized red drum brings up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Additionally, the men will be accessed $1,323.50 in restitution for the illegally taken fish.

Sgt. Young seized the red drum and donated them to a local charity.

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

Black Bear Found Dead in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 11/28/2012

Nov. 28, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in the Avoyelles Parish.

The Service just announced adding $5,000 to the reward to the $1,000 from the state for a total of $6,000.

A hunter alerted authorities on Nov. 27 about a dead black bear laying on an all-terrain vehicle trail on Avoyelles Parish School Board property located 20 miles northwest of Marksville.

LDWF and USFWS officials arrived on scene and found a male black bear approximately two years old and weighing about 100 pounds dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot and killed earlier in the day on Nov. 27.

Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Cash rewards up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals involved in this crime.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

"We have solved cases like this in the past with the public's help and we are again asking for any leads that might assist us in this investigation," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division."

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $25,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray and know a few simple rules.  If possible, a hunter encountering a bear should back away and proceed in another direction.  If a bear approaches, you should raise your arms over your head to appear larger and speak in a normal tone of voice to let the bear know you are there.  If the bear continues to approach, wave your arms and yell at the bear.  At this point a hunter could use bear spray to deter the bear's approach.

Hunters should also be aware that baiting deer with corn artificially concentrates bears near deer stands.  It is recommended that hunters either refrain from using corn for bait or use soybeans to reduce bear feeding activity.  Bear encounters can be reported to 1-800-442-2511.

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

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