Enforcement

LDWF Agent Arrests Man for Crabbing and Criminal Violations

Release Date: 02/08/2018

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent arrested a St. Bernard man for alleged criminal and commercial fishing violations on Feb. 6 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agent arrested Michael L. Diaz III, 23, for resisting an officer, taking commercial fish without commercial fishing and vessel licenses, using crab traps without required markings, violating crab trap ring requirements, and intentional littering.

The agent was on patrol in Bayou La Loutre when he observed Diaz III actively fishing crab traps.  The agent approached Diaz III to conduct a commercial license compliance check and commercial fish inspection.

During the inspection, Diaz III was unable to present commercial fishing and vessel licenses.  Diaz III also possessed multiple untagged crab traps, which he admitted to fishing prior to placing into his vessel.  The untagged crab traps were also absent of a third escape ring required during commercial fishing.

When told he would need to release his crabs back into the water, Diaz III threw the crabs and basket into the bayou.  During the Agents encounter with Diaz III, He ignored Agents lawful commands to exit his vessel and became non-compliant.

The agent with assistance from St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were then able to detain and arrest Diaz III and book him into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Taking commercial fish without commercial fishing and vessel licenses each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating crab trap escape ring requirements and using crab traps without required markings each carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Littering carries up to a $500 fine and serving eight hours in a litter abatement work program.  Resisting an officer brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

St. Bernard Crabber Cited for Numerous Violations

Release Date: 02/08/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged crabbing violations on Feb. 5, 2018.

Agents cited Lynn L. Alfonso, 41, for using crab traps without required markings, violating crab trap escape ring requirements, and taking commercial fish without a vessel license.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office also cited Alfonso and his deckhand for criminal trespassing.

Authorities observed Alfonso in the Point a La Hache area checking crab traps on private property.  Alfonso was also using crab traps without tags and with less than the required three escape rings.

Using crab traps without the required markings and violating crab trap escape ring requirements each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Bethany Man Caught On Game Camera Illegally Hunting and Trespassing

Release Date: 02/07/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Bethany man for alleged criminal and hunting violations on Feb. 3 in Caddo Parish.

Agents arrested Richard Wilson Jr., 38, for resisting an officer, theft, hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses, hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, criminal trespassing, and hunting deer using illegal methods.

Agents received a tip about a man being caught on a game camera hunting at night on a private lease without permission.  Agents setup surveillance on the area and observed a man fitting the description hunting at night.  When agents approached the man and identified themselves as LDWF agents, the man fled the area on foot.

Through further investigation, agents were able to identify the man as Wilson Jr.  Agents then got a search and arrest warrant for Wilson Jr.  Upon serving the warrants and during questioning, Wilson Jr. admitted to illegally hunting at night, not possessing the required hunting licenses, stealing game cameras, and using a .17 caliber rifle to hunt deer.

Wilson Jr. also admitted to taking an antlered deer during the 2016-17 hunting season and two antlered deer during the 2017-18 hunting season all at night without tags.

Agents seized two rifles, three sets of antlers and packaged deer meat.

Hunting deer at night carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries 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 for each offense.

Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Theft brings up to a $3,000 fine and five years in jail.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Wilson Jr. may also face civil restitution totaling $4,873 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued $4,800 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 02/06/2018

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $4,800 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Jan. 27 in Baton Rouge.

The LOGT board reviewed 13 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 23 subjects were apprehended and a total of 181 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 10 deer cases, an alligator case, and two migratory waterfowl cases.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

Missing Boater’s Body Recovered from St. Martin Parish Waterway

Release Date: 02/06/2018

Search crews recovered the body of a St. Martinville man from Bayou Amy this morning, Feb. 6, in St. Martin Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents along with deputies from the St. Martin and Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Offices recovered the body of Richard Pellerin, 54, from Bayou Amy around 8 a.m.

LDWF agents and sheriff office deputies were alerted around 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 about a capsized vessel found in Bayou Amy.  Agents and deputies learned the vessel was being operated by Pellerin and began searching for him.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.  Pellerin’s body was turned over to the St. Martin Parish coroner’s office.  Upon recovery there was no personal flotation device found on Pellerin’s body.

Joint Operation Leads to Night Hunting Citations and Arrests

Release Date: 01/30/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) enforcement agents working on a joint operation cited two men for alleged night hunting violations on Jan. 27 in Washington Parish in Louisiana and Walthall County in Mississippi.

LDWF agents cited Holden W. Saucier, of Franklinton, La., 19, and Paul L. Page, of Poplarville, Miss., 19, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.

MDWFP agents also arrested Saucier and Page for spotlighting for deer, hunting from a public road, hunting from a vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor.

LDWF agents and MDWFP agents were working in coordination after getting several complaints about night hunting in the Washington Parish and Walthall County areas.  After setting up surveillance in the area, LDWF agents observed a truck using a spotlight on the roof to shine fields first off Harvey Jefferson Rd. and then off State Line Rd.

LDWF agents notified the MDWFP agents working the Mississippi side about this behavior as the truck was going west on East Stateline Rd, which shares the border with Louisiana and Mississippi.  LDWF and MDWFP agents stopped the vehicle and found the men in possession of a spotlight, two rifles and a shotgun as well as alcohol in the vehicle.

The MDWFP agents seized the vehicle, spotlight and firearms and booked the men into the Walthall County Jail.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light in Louisiana brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a vehicle in Louisiana carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road in Louisiana brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Spotlighting for deer in Mississippi brings a $2,000 to $5,000 fine.  Hunting from a public road and from a moving vehicle in Mississippi each carries a $100 to $500 fine.

LDWF Agent Cites Two Alabama Men in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 01/19/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested one Alabama man and cited another for alleged wildlife and criminal violations in Plaquemines Parish on Jan. 3.

Agents arrested Walter Holloway, 57, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer and hunting without a non-resident hunting license.  Agents also cited James Bailey, 40, possessing over the daily limit of rabbits.

On Jan. 3 an LDWF agent observed a group of hunters off of Hwy. 23 near Point a la Hache.  The agent approached the subjects in order to conduct a license, equipment and limit check.

When the agent approached the subjects, one man fled the scene.  The agent made contact with three additional men including Bailey who was found in possession of 18 rabbits.  The daily possession limit for rabbits is eight.  The agent seized the 18 rabbits.

The agent then searched the surrounding area and located Holloway who had fled from the agent earlier.  During questioning, Holloway admitted to using a shotgun to hunt with the group and fleeing the scene.  Holloway also admitted to being a convicted felon, which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm.

The agent placed Holloway under arrest and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish Prison.

Possessing over the daily limit of rabbits brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Bailey may also face civil restitution totaling $317 for the rabbits over the daily limit.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and five to 20 years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents Cite Two Subjects for Violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster Regulations

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Cameron Parish on Jan. 11.

Agents cited Ira J. Rodrigue Jr., 31, and Lerlene D. Rodrigue, 52, both of Cameron, for violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations.

Agents received complaints of subjects using a dredge in a tonging only area near West Cove on Calcasieu Lake.  Agents setup surveillance in the area and observed Ira and Lerlene actively dredging for oysters in West Cove.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found them in possession of three sacks of oysters that they admitted were caught with the illegal dredge.

Agents seized the dredge and returned three sacks of oysters to the water.

Violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  The offenders may also be forced to forfeit any permit to harvest oysters on Calcasieu Lake and shall be barred from obtaining a permit for the remainder of the period for which it was issued plus one year, during which time the offender shall be barred from participating in any oyster harvesting activity on Calcasieu Lake.

Agents Arrest Lettsworth Man for Killing a Louisiana Black Bear

Release Date: 01/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Lettsworth man on Jan. 8 for allegedly killing a Louisiana Black Bear.

Agents arrested Ronald J. Kimble, 28, for taking a Louisiana Black Bear during a closed season and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Nov. 29, 2017, Agents began investigating a dead black bear that was found shot to death on the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Concordia Parish.  The necropsy revealed that the four and a half year-old female bear was shot twice with a rifle within a few days of being found.

Agents began patrolling the area the bear was found more frequently and found Kimble hunting in the area on Dec. 29 and again on Jan. 4.  Agents approached Kimble and during questioning he admitted to killing the bear with a .270 rifle on Nov. 26, 2017.

Agents also found that Kimble was a convicted felon and not allowed to possess a firearm.

Agents seized the .270 rifle and booked Kimble into the Concordia Parish Jail.

The state charge for illegally killing a Louisiana Black Bear brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.

Kimble may also face up to $10,000 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken black bear.

Security Guards Cited for Night Hunting Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 01/09/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three people for alleged night hunting violations in Terrebonne Parish on Jan. 6.

Agents cited Terry Hebert, 51, Clarence Thibodaux, 47, and Lacy Thibodaux, 29, all of Thibodaux, for hunting deer during illegal hours and for hunting from a moving vehicle.  Terry Hebert was also cited for illegal spotlighting from a public roadway.  Clarence Thibodaux was also cited for hunting across a public roadway.

Agents learned about security guards at the Modern American Recycling Services (MARS), located in Gibson, placing bait under street lights to attract deer and hunting them at night.  Agents learned the security guards would either set up on the bait after dark or patrol by vehicle slowly with lights off looking for deer.

Agents set up surveillance in various strategic locations around the baited area and were able to observe night hunting activities take place several nights. Just prior to midnight on Jan. 6, agents made contact with the three subjects when they were actively engaged in night hunting activities.

Agents seized two rifles with scopes.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting across a public roadway each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. The fine for spotlighting from a public road is set by each judicial district accordingly.

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