Enforcement

Monroe Man Cited for Cutting Down Trees on Ouachita WMA

Release Date: 02/25/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Ouachita Parish resident for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) violations on the Ouachita WMA.

Agents cited John Johnson, 63, of Monroe, for criminal damage to state property, intentional littering, hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position.

Agents observed Johnson returning from a deer hunt on Jan. 31 on the Ouachita WMA, which was closed for deer hunting for the youth waterfowl hunt.  Agents observed Johnson discard plastic bottles on the ground and leave his deer stand in a hunting position from a few days prior.

Upon further investigation, Johnson admitted to agents that he cut 14 trees down along with 79 limbs in various sizes and diameters to clear a shooting lane.  Agents cited him for criminal damage to state property on Feb. 15.

Cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage to state property and carries a fine up to $10,000 and up to 10 years in jail.  Johnson may also face a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees.

Hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position on a WMA each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering brings a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Agents involved with the case are Lt. Lane Kincaid, Lt. Thomas Risser, Sgt. Scott Bullitt and Agent Joshua Harris.

LDWF is still investigating and seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA in Avoyelles Parish.  LDWF has found up to 100 trees cut down on the Spring Bayou WMA since early December of 2014.

LDWF has secured up to $1,000 in reward money each from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Spring Bayou Restoration Team and Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief.  The reward now totals up to $3,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

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

Father and Son Cited For Harvesting Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 02/23/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a father and son near Pointe-aux-Chenes in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 20.

After receiving a complaint, Sgt. Bryan Marie observed Kenneth J. Naquin Jr., 28, of Montegut, and Kenneth J. Naquin Sr., 55, of Chauvin, harvesting oysters from an unapproved area.

Sgt. Marie seized and returned five sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the dredge and vessel.

Taking oysters from an unapproved area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  The father and son could also have their oyster harvesting licenses suspended for a year and serve 40 hours community service.

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

AMENDED -Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/20/2015

Amended content in bold.

10 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

III. Public Comment 

IV. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/680499106166008321

 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

**Amended**Three Louisiana Men Charged with Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/13/2015

*Amendment of press release in bold

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations in St. Helena Parish on Feb. 12.

Agents cited Walter Prine, 20, of Denham Springs, Aaron Morris, 20, of Denham Springs, and Stefan Reynolds, 25, of Gonzales, for harvesting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours, from a moving vehicle, from a public road, possession of illegally taken deer and failing to follow deer tagging requirements.

After an investigation, agents learned that the three men were in the Kentwood area of St. Helena Parish between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Feb. 1.  During which time they shot and killed five deer from various roadways.  The deer were then transported to a residence in Ascension Parish.  Agents found that no effort was made to clean or butcher the deer.

Agents seized a 12-gauge shotgun in this case.  Agents had to dispose of the deer since they were not fit for human consumption.

Harvesting a deer during a closed season and taking a deer 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 deer from a moving vehicle and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The men could also face civil restitution in excess of $8,000 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt, Will Roberts, Senior Agent Ronnie Robbins and Sgt. Toby Miller.

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

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 15 New Agents at Graduation

Release Date: 02/12/2015

28th Graduating LDWF Cadet Class

Class Photo: Front row from left to right: Eric Little, Blaine Wagner, Chelsea King, William Holomon, Mason Spillman, Patrick Dempsey and William Carpenter.  Back row from let to right: Andrew Arton, Torris White, Lloyd Pearson, Nathan Vanya, Lukas Breed, Clinton Branton, Gary Levron and Jerod Coats.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy today, Feb. 12, graduated its 28th class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.

After six months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, 15 newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  “You have a tremendous responsibility to protect Louisiana’s rich natural resources and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water.  Congratulations on your achievement which we celebrate today,” Barham noted.

Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadets’ transition to commissioned agents official.  “We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks.  They are well trained and will be required to hit the ground running when they get to their local regions.”

The 15 new agents are:

Andrew Arton, 26, of Breaux Bridge, assigned to Iberia Parish
Clinton Branton, 23, of Farmerville, assigned to Madison Parish
Lukas Breed, 24, of Farmerville, assigned to Lincoln Parish
William Carpenter, 41, of Jackson, Miss., assigned to St. Mary Parish
Jerod Coats, 22, of Albany, assigned to Ascension Parish
Patrick Dempsey, 25, of Lacombe, assigned to St. Charles Parish
William Holomon, 23, of Minden, assigned to Natchitoches Parish
Chelsea Kling, 30, of Hilo, Hawaii, assigned to St. John Parish
Gary Levron, 30, of Garyville, assigned to St. John Parish
Eric Little, 30, of Jonesville, assigned to LaSalle Parish
Lloyd Pearson, 21, of Holden, assigned to West Feliciana Parish
Mason Spillman, 21, of St. Francisville, assigned to Jefferson Parish
Nathan Vanya, 25, of Longview, Texas, assigned to Vermillion Parish
Blaine Wagner, 24, of Destrehan, assigned to St. Bernard Parish
Torris White, 40, of Ruston, assigned to Jackson Parish

During the graduation ceremony, Arton received the firearms award given for the best marksman in the class.  Holomon received the physical training award for being the most fit.  Vanya received the academic award for having the highest grades.  Branton won the overall award, which is a cumulative score from the firearms, academic and physical training categories.  The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association award for motivation and discipline was received by Jerod Coats.

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 equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.

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

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