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LDWF Enforcement Agent Recognized at October Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/03/2013

LDWF Enforcement Agent Recognized at October Commission Meeting

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was honored at the Oct. 3 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Sgt. Lance Devillier, of Lawtell.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

Devillier has been an LDWF agent for seven years and was recently promoted to sergeant and mainly patrols St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Lafayette parishes.

Devillier also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “2013 Agent of the Year” award.  Devillier teaches boating safety classes and is one of the leading agents in making driving or operating a vessel or vehicle while under the influence cases.

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

L.D.W.F. Enforcement Division Academy to Enroll 30 Cadets for Training This Fall

Release Date: 10/01/2013

Oct. 1, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training cadets in December to bolster the ranks of agents in the field in 2014.

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.

“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 areas impacted.”

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.

The 2014 class of graduating agents will fill field office vacancies around the state.

Interested applicants can apply on line 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” and LEAPS testing application information.

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.

LDWF Holds Ceremony to Honor Fallen Agents

Release Date: 10/01/2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) held a ceremony on Oct. 1 to honor those Enforcement Division agents who have died in the line of duty.  The ceremony took place beside the “Fallen Agents” statue that was erected outside of the LDWF HQ building in Baton Rouge earlier this year.

The ceremony included a prayer by Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) Chaplain Senior Agent Byron Cammack, and speeches by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Col. Jeff Mayne, LWAA President Davis Madere and Lt. Col. Joey Broussard.

The statue depicts an LDWF Enforcement Division agent in an honor guard uniform with his head bowed honoring fallen agents.  The statue sits on top of a granite pedestal that is engraved with the names of the seven LDWF agents that have been killed in the line of duty.

“This statue will permanently serve as a reminder of those agents who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while enforcing our conservation game and boating laws,” said Col. Jeff Mayne, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “This statue also emphasizes how dangerous an agent’s job can be on a day to day basis.”

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) purchased and donated the statue to LDWF where it will permanently stand at their headquarters building.

The following are the agents who are engraved on the pedestal and honored by the statue:

Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, end of watch (EOW) Sept. 30, 2011.  Sgt. Stuckey was an 18 year veteran and is survived by his wife and three children.

Agent Jim Matkin, 30, EOW March 2, 2005.  Agent Matkin was a six year veteran and is survived by his parents, two sisters and a step-son.

Capt. John Garlington, 53, EOW Feb. 10, 2000.  Capt. Garlington was a 14 year veteran and is survived by his wife and son.

Agent Leon Henderson, 36, EOW March 30, 1996.  Agent Henderson was a 15 year veteran and is survived by his wife and daughter.

Agent Ricky Dodge, 37, EOW Jan. 21, 1992.  Agent Dodge is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Agent Kenneth Aycock, 35, EOW July 6, 1991.  Agent Aycock is survived by his wife and two sons.

Agent Frank Fagot, 31, EOW Nov. 29, 1927.  Agent Fagot was survived by his wife and two children.

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

Call for Presenters and Exhibitors for 2014 Environmental Education Symposium

Presenters and Exhibitors are invited to register for the 17th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium to be held February 21-22,  2014 at the Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St., Shreveport.

This year, the emphasis will be on the concepts of watersheds, preserving water quality, and managing land to reduce impact on our aquatic resources. The theme for this upcoming conference, therefore, is “Watersheds: From My Back Yard to the Ocean.

The event is presented by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, sharing the goal of creating a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones and maintain a sustainable environmental for future generations.

Use the attached documents to register no later than December 16, 2013.
Contact Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124 with questions or requests.

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Deer Hunting Incident Leads to Negligent Injury Guilty Plea

Release Date: 09/27/2013

A Chalmette man pleaded guilty on Sept. 26 to charges stemming from a hunting incident that occurred in Meraux in St. Bernard Parish.

Joshua D. Starr, 28, of Chalmette pleaded guilty to charges of negligent Injury and hunting deer during illegal hours in St. Bernard Parish Court.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued Starr those charges after investigating an unintentional shooting while Starr was deer hunting in the wooded area near Bourmouth Park on Jan. 4, 2013.

Starr thought he shot a deer after legal shooting hours.  After approaching what he thought was his downed deer, Starr and a hunting partner realized that he incidentally shot a person.  The shooter mistook the victim for a deer and hit him with his 12 gauge shotgun from 24 yards away hitting the victim in th lower abdomen and legs.

The victim was brought to University Hospital in New Orleans where he underwent surgery to address his injuries.  The victim has made a near full recovery at the last point of contact with LDWF investigators.

Starr was sentenced to pay $1,000 plus court costs for the conviction of the two violations.

Agents involved in the case were Sgts. Tim Fox and Mike Garrity, and Lt. Jason Russo.

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

Media Advisory -- LDWF to Hold Ceremony to Honor Fallen Agents on Oct. 1

Release Date: 09/26/2013

Media: If you plan on covering this event, please contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

What: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a ceremony to honor those Enforcement Division agents who have died in the line of duty.  The ceremony will take place beside the “Fallen Agents” statue that was erected outside of the LDWF HQ building in Baton Rouge earlier this year.

The ceremony will include a prayer by Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association Chaplain Senior Agent Byron Cammack, and speeches by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Col. Jeff Mayne, LWAA President Davis Madere and Lt. Col. Joey Broussard.

When: Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.

Where: LDWF Headquarters located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge.

The statue depicts an LDWF Enforcement Division agent in an honor guard uniform with his head bowed honoring fallen agents.  The statue sits on top of a granite pedestal that is engraved with the names of the seven LDWF agents that have been killed in the line of duty.

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) purchased and donated the statue to LDWF where it permanently stands at their headquarters building.

The following are the agents who are engraved on the pedestal and honored by the statue:

Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, end of watch (EOW) Sept. 30, 2011.  Sgt. Stuckey was an 18 year veteran and is survived by his wife and three children.

Agent Jim Matkin, 30, EOW March 2, 2005.  Agent Matkin was a six year veteran and is survived by his parents, two sisters and a step-son.

Capt. John Garlington, 53, EOW Feb. 10, 2000.  Capt. Garlington was a 14 year veteran and is survived by his wife and son.

Agent Leon Henderson, 36, EOW March 30, 1996.  Agent Henderson was a 15 year veteran and is survived by his wife and daughter.

Agent Ricky Dodge, 37, EOW Jan. 21, 1992.  Agent Dodge is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Agent Kenneth Aycock, 35, EOW July 6, 1991.  Agent Aycock is survived by his wife and two sons.

Agent Frank Fagot, 31, EOW Nov. 29, 1927.  Agent Fagot was survived by his wife and two children.

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

Assumption Parish Man Cited for Killing 49 Sea Gulls in Parking Lot

Release Date: 09/26/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Labadieville man for alleged Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations on Sept. 23.

Agents cited Jackoby D. Bertot, 30, for taking other than non-game migratory birds no season for killing 49 sea gulls in a New Orleans suburb parking lot.

Agents started the investigation after receiving complaints by business managers in Jefferson about an unknown male in a white pickup truck speeding through a resting flock of sea gulls in the Elmwood area parking lot around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Agents were able to obtain the identity of the driver of the vehicle through interviews, witness statements and multiple surveillance videos.

The maximum penalty for violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is up to a $15,000 fine and six months imprisonment.  Additional fines may be imposed for each bird killed in the alleged incident.

Agents involved in the case are Sgts. Tim Fox, Kris Bourgeois, and Austin Arteaga, Lt. Jason Russo and Capt. Steve McManus.

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

Two Texas Men Arrested For Crab Theft in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 09/24/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested and cited two Texas residents on Sept. 20 for crab theft and other fishing violations in Cameron Parish.

Agents arrested Jireh A. Slaughter, 21, and Tevvin T. Jones, 20, both of Orange, Texas, for theft of crabs; taking commercial fish without a license, without a gear license and without a vessel license; violating interstate commerce regulations; and resisting an officer by flight.

During August and September the LDWF Enforcement Division received numerous complaints of crab theft from several commercial fishermen fishing in Black Bayou in Cameron Parish.  Agents responded by increasing patrols in this area assisted by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division deputies.

On Sept. 19, a commercial fisherman was watching his own crab traps and observed two men in a vessel stealing crabs from his traps.  He contacted an enforcement agent but was observed by the men before agents were able to arrive.  The men abandoned their vessel and dumped the harvested crabs in the marsh.  The two men then left the vessel and hid in the marsh nearby.

When the agents arrived, they called out to the men to come out of hiding.  After obtaining the suspects’ names from an overdue boater report from the Orange County Texas Sheriff’s Office, agents then contacted Louisiana State Police, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Cameron Sheriff’s Office for air support and additional officers to assist in the search for these men.

After leading a 14 hour search during severe weather and harsh conditions, LDWF agents received a phone call from an Orange County Deputy saying that the two men arrived at their residence.  The two men walked through the marsh for 14 hours and swam the Sabine River in order to make it back to Texas.

The two men surrendered themselves to LDWF agents at their office in Lake Charles on Sept. 20. The two men were subsequently arrested and booked into the Cameron Parish Jail.

Theft of crabs brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a license, without a gear license and without a vessel license each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating interstate commerce regulations brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Resisting an officer by flight carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Participating in the search and investigation were LDWF agents Lt. Beau Robertson, Sgt. Stuart Guillory, and Senior Agents Sean Moreau, Anthony Verret, Carl Pickett, and Jason Stagg; Louisiana State Police Master Pilot Damion Mayer and Master Pilot Steven Lee; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ron Johnson and Deputy Ryan Mareno; and Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sammy Faulk and Deputy Benji Primeaux.

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

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