Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Avoyelles Parish.
A citizen alerted authorities on Oct. 8 about a dead black bear laying in the woods a couple of miles south of the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area. The bear was collected and sent in for a necropsy.
The necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about five to six days and that it was shot with a shotgun slug in the head. Agents also collected an arrow by where the bear was found dead and believe the bear may have been shot with the arrow before being shot with the slug.
A cash reward from The Humaine Society, Roy O Martin and LDWF totaling up to $8,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this illegal killing of a black bear.
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 and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play 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 $50,000 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.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 16 in Avoyelles and Rapides parishes.
Agents cited Barry B. Laiche, 17, of Marksville, and Travis Maddox, 26, of Echo, for taking deer using illegal methods, possession of illegally taken deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, taking illegal deer during an open season and hunting on Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) lands without permission from land owner. Maddox was also cited for hunting without a big game hunting license.
Agents received information that Laiche and Maddox illegally killed a total of five deer on or about Oct. 7 and 8 on Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club property. Agents learned that Laiche drove his truck onto the property to retrieve the killed deer.
Agents arrived at Laiche’s residence to question him and noticed his vehicle parked in the yard. Agents found blood and hair on the tailgate of the truck and inside the bed. Agents then learned that Laiche was incarcerated in the Avoyelles Parish Jail on non-related charges.
After agents questioned Laiche, he admitted that he and Maddox did illegally kill five deer on the Grand Lake Hunting Club with a .308 caliber and 45-70 caliber rifles. Agents obtained a search warrant for Laiche’s residence and seized photos of three antlerless deer and two antlered deer and antlers from a seven point buck.
Agents then arrested Maddox and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.
Possession of illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking illegal deer during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail. Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting on DMAP lands without permission from land owner each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without a resident big game license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.
During its 54th annual conference, held in Boise, Idaho, Sept. 14-18, 2013, Toby Velasquez, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), presented a President’s Award to Capt. Spencer Cole with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for his inspiring leadership of the organization’s Preparedness & Response Committee.
At the end of his/her term, the NASBLA President selects individuals to honor with this special recognition for their contributions during the past year to boating safety and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
Under Capt. Cole’s leadership, the Preparedness & Response Committee has delivered exceptional value to NASBLA, always aware of the financial impact. When appropriate, Capt. Cole deferred actual committee meetings in favor of a far more cost-effective virtual meeting, allowing the committee to remain productive and proactive. Those cost savings leveraged limited resources and afforded his committee the opportunities to participate on a national stage in Washington when needed most.
“The Preparedness & Response Committee has been instrumental in several of NASBLA’s finest moments with regards to safety and security. Preparedness comes in many forms and this committee has played an important role in shaping national legislation and policy,” said Velasquez when presenting the award.
A few of the committee’s accomplishments include:
Congressional drafting assistance in the FEMA Port Security Grant Program;
FEMA and USCG accepted narrative within Port Security Grant applications;
Drafting assistance in support of the USCG Re-Authorization, regarding training;
First National Scholarship delivery of the Tactical Operators Course in Washington, D.C.; and
First memorandum of understanding between the USCG and NASBLA on National Training Standards.
Along the way Capt. Cole built new partnerships with NASBLA’s associates and partners from every corner of the maritime community. His committee has kept stakeholders informed of funding and training opportunities.
“We look upon Capt. Cole as a valued committee chair, always prepared and articulate in his delivery, a model for future NASBLA committee chairs to emulate,” added Velasquez.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of over 76 million American boaters. To learn more about how NASBLA continues to make the waterways safe, secure and enjoyable, visit http://www.nasbla.org.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at email@example.com or 225-765-2465 or NASBLA at 859-225-9487.
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.
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.