Enforcement

LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro

Release Date: 03/13/2012

LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents transported 80 people from the floodwaters in Carencro to dry ground during the flash flood on March 12.

After receiving 15 inches of rain, Bayou Carencro backed up and jumped its banks flooding many Carencro homes, businesses and roads.

LDWF agents got their first call at 7 a.m. about stranded cars on the median of I-49 and other roads.  LDWF responded with 18 agents with 13 boats in the area to help during the flood.

From 10 a.m. to nightfall, LDWF agents rescued 80 people from their home and brought them to higher ground where vehicles could then transport them to the shelter at the Carencro Civic Center.

“The water was anywhere from 2 to 6 feet deep, and people were hanging out of their windows when they would see our boats go by,” said Lt. Darryl Moore.  “The conditions were tough as it was still raining hard with lightning and then you had a swift current and obstructions in the water.  However, our training in search and rescue and past experiences such as Hurricane Katrina has helped our response during flooding events and things went as smooth as possible given the circumstances.”

Agents are currently on standby as the floodwaters recede over the coming days.

"Our agents are highly trained and have the equipment necessary for search and rescue missions.  These agents did a great job in responding as fast as possible and getting 80 people out of the water," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.

Through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, LDWF is the lead agency for search and rescue operations during natural disasters.

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

Authorities Find Missing Boater in Rapides Parish

Release Date: 03/09/2012

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing boater on Kincaid Lake today, March 9.

William B. Galloway, 53, was found by the Allen Parish Fire Department’s Dive Team shortly after 12 p.m. after two and a half days of searching.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (RPSO) and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

Galloway went fishing alone around 1:20 p.m. on March 6 and was supposed to return at dark.  When Galloway didn’t return at dark, a concerned family member contacted authorities at 7:50 p.m.

Authorities searched for Galloway throughout the night and found his 18 ½ foot fiberglass boat with the 150 horsepower motor idling on the bank of the lake around 10:30 p.m. on March 6.

LDWF deployed their sonar technology, and dive teams from the RPSO and Allen Parish Fire Department assisted in the search.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.

Galloway’s body has been turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.

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

Eight Oyster Harvesters Cited For Theft In Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 03/09/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited eight subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on March 6.

While on oyster-growing-area patrol in Bayou Coyell, agents found four vessels dredging oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Dempsey Jackson, 45, from Lake Charles; William Anthony Tillman III,  26, from Sulphur; Rusty Henry, 20, and Dusty Paul Henry, 22, Carolyn Arnold, 27, Harris Guidry Jr., 35, Timothy Blanchard, 26, Cody Lebouef, 22, all from Chauvin; for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

Agents seized the boats and dredges and returned 33 sacks of oysters to the water.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease is a fine between $900 and $950, up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized.  Failure to have written permission is punishable by a fine of $400 to $900 and up to 120 days in jail.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system.  Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.  For that year, the person convicted of these violations shall identify for the department which vessel will be used to harvest oysters.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Agent Norman Deroche.

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

Joint Enforcement Patrol Leads to Citations for Two Louisiana Men

Release Date: 03/08/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents participated in a joint enforcement patrol that resulted in two Louisiana men being cited for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on March 5.

Agents cited Robert J. Canty, 32, of Slidell, for taking over the daily commercial limit of sharks and Long Van Pham, 33, of Kenner, for taking red snapper during a closed recreational red snapper season.  The joint enforcement patrol was in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Agents made contact with Canty in South Pass located near Venice and inspected his catch.  Agents found him in possession of 96 sharks, which is 63 sharks over the allowable commercial daily limit.

Agents stopped Pham near the Venice Marina to conduct a catch inspection and found him to be in possession of 15 red snapper.  The 2012 recreational red snapper season is currently closed and is slated to open on June 1.

Taking over the limit of commercial sharks carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Canty may also face civil restitution fines for the value of the illegally taken sharks.

The penalty for taking red snapper during a closed season carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Pham may also face civil restitution fines totaling $430 for the value of the illegally taken red snapper.

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

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

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Address: 

LDWF Region 4 Office
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570

City: 
Opelousas
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Three Louisianans Cited For Shark Fishing Violation

Release Date: 02/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited three Louisianans for an alleged shark fishing violation near Venice in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 22.

Agents were patrolling the Tiger Pass area when they observed a commercial fishing vessel occupied by three subjects.  Upon stopping the vessel, agents discovered that the three subjects were commercial fishing for sharks and in possession of 61 sharks.  Louisiana law only allows 33 sharks per day per vessel.

Agents cited Huy Nguyen, 21, of Boothville, Hua Nguyen, 53, of Buras, and Anh Nguyen, 25, of Buras, for over limit of shark.

Over limit of shark carries fine between $250 and $350 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Doug Danna.

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

Three Subjects Cited For Hunting Violations On Three Rivers WMA

Release Date: 02/22/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited three Louisiana residents for alleged night hunting violations on the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Feb. 17.

Agents patrolling the WMA at night observed an all terrain vehicle (ATV) occupied by three subjects traveling the roadways and shining the fields and wood lines with a spotlight.  When agents stopped the ATV, the subjects were in possession of a loaded 30-06 center fire rifle.

Agents cited Jordan M. Brister, 23, of Prairieville, Richard D. Magee, 23, of Denham Springs, and Justin L. Durand, 23, of Denham Springs, for driving an ATV on a WMA with oversized tires, spotlighting on a WMA, possessing a loaded firearm on an ATV, hunting with an illegal weapon on a WMA, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with artificial light.  Agents also cited Magee and Durand for hunting without a WMA permit and Durand for hunting without a basic hunting license.

Agents seized a 30-06 rifle, spotlight and a Suzuki ATV.

Hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with an artificial light carries a fine between $350 and $750 and up to 180 days in jail.  Each violation of WMA rules carries a fine between $250 and $350 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Ronnie Engelhard and Cody Soileau.

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

Missing Body of Baton Rouge Man found on Bogue Chitto River

Release Date: 01/28/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents found the body of a missing man on the Bogue Chitto River in St. Tammany Parish this morning, Jan. 28.

Agents recovered the body of William Holloway, 63, at 8 a.m. from the river around a mile in a half downriver from where they found his capsized vessel on Dec. 28, 2011.  Campers near the Bogue Chitto River alerted LDWF agents of Holloway’s body in the river this morning.  Search teams found his wife, Kathy Holloway, 61, on Jan. 12 about a quarter of a mile from the capsized vessel.

LDWF agents along with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STSO) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have searched for the couple since Dec. 28 when a passing boater on the Bogue Chitto found a capsized vessel at 10 a.m.  The last known contact the Holloways had was at 3 p.m. on Dec. 27.  The Holloways were camping on the Bogue Chitto NWR.

The 14-foot aluminum flat bottom boat was found about a mile from the boat launch at Lock No. 3 Road on the Pearl River Navigational Canal.  LDWF retrieved the boat and is investigating the cause of this boating incident.

Search crews deployed sonar technology to search the water, helicopters to search the surrounding land and banks, dragging equipment and search dogs.

Kathy and William’s bodies have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy to determine official causes of death.

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

Bald Eagle Found Shot in Union Parish

Release Date: 01/23/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for information about the shooting of a bald eagle north of Farmerville in Union Parish.

On Jan. 13, LDWF agents were notified by a motorist traveling along Louisiana Hwy. 15 near Goose Elkins Road about a wounded eagle walking beside the road.  Agents responded and found a bald eagle with an injury to its wing.

The eagle was recovered and transported to the Wildlife Hospital at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Veterinary School of Medicine in Baton Rouge where it was determined the eagle was shot in the wing.  The eagle had to have the tip of its right wing amputated and thus will not be able to fly.  After recovery, the eagle will be placed in a zoo or other wildlife sanctuary.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting of this eagle 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 iTunes store free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Cash rewards up to $2,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals harming a bald eagle.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

The bald eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The LSU Wildlife Hospital works largely off of donations to offer veterinarian care to this bald eagle and other wildlife in need of care.  To make a donation to the Wildlife Hospital, please visit www.wildlife.lsu.edu/donations.shtml

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

Franklin Parish Man Cited For Illegal Deer and Contest Fraud

Release Date: 01/23/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Franklin Parish man Jan. 19 for alleged deer hunting violations and contest fraud.

Agents cited Billy W. Jordan, 54, of Winnsboro for taking a deer with an illegal weapon and four felony counts of contest fraud.

Agents received information that Jordan had taken a trophy buck on Louisiana Delta property in Catahoula Parish with a .204 caliber rifle.  Agents interviewed Jordan and he allegedly confessed to shooting the buck with the illegal weapon on Dec. 28.

Jordan then entered the buck into four big buck contests including Morehouse, Ouachita, Caldwell and LaSalle parishes.  The buck sported 15 points with main beams of 31 1/2 inches and an inside spread of 24 7/8 inches.

Louisiana law requires that deer can only be taken with a center fire rifle at least .22 caliber or larger.  The antlers and the four score sheets at the big buck contest were seized as evidence.  Jordan will also be assessed civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken deer, which is $2,033.29.

Taking a deer with an illegal weapon brings a fine between $100 and $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Contest fraud carries a fine up to $3,000 and up to one year in jail for each count.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Bear Fletcher and Lee Tarver and Agents Kurt Hatten and Kenny Robertson.

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

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