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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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Plaquemine Man Pleads Guilty to Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/16/2013

A Plaquemine man pleaded guilty to false swearing and theft of alligators in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish on Sept. 12.

Judge Richard Moore accepted the guilty plea from John Boudreaux, 52, and sentenced him to one year of supervised probation, 30 hours of community service, fined him $100 plus court costs and ordered him to pay $5,000 for the cost of prosecution.

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested Boudreaux on Oct. 14, 2011.

Agents started the investigation in September of 2011 after receiving a tip from an alligator hunter about a man illegally acquiring alligator tags from the department.  Agents found that Boudreaux forged signatures on alligator tag applications in order to obtain the rights to hunt alligators on land that he did not have permission.

According to LDWF records, Boudreaux illegally obtained 150 tags and harvested 149 alligators in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes since 2001.

An alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags. LDWF issues harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest.  Wild alligator tags can only be issued to licensed alligator hunters and are nontransferable.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Ronnie Hebert, Sgt. Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Louis Burnett and Senior Agents Jerry Stassi and Ladd Turner.  Assistant District Attorney Steven Danielson prosecuted the case.

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

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Marksville Man Cited for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/10/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Marksville man for alleged alligator hunting violations on Sept. 5.

Agents cited Ray Ussery, 62, for violating alligator tagging requirements and taking alligators from an unapproved alligator hunting area.

After receiving a tip from the public about potential alligator violations on the Richard K. Yancey and Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), agents set up surveillance in the area.  The WMAs are adjacent to each other and separated by the Red River with Richard K. Yancey WMA located in Concordia Parish and Grassy Lake WMA in Avoyelles Parish.

On the morning of Sept. 5, agents observed Ussery take an alligator from the Grassy Lake WMA without using an alligator tag.  Ussery had previously won a bid to legally take alligators from the Grassy Lake WMA.

Later in the morning, agents observed Ussery take two alligators on the Richard K. Yancey WMA, which is an unapproved area for taking alligators.

After making contact with Ussery, agents located two more alligators in Ussery’s vessel and three more on lines that belonged to Ussery on the Richard K. Yancey WMA.  Agents seized six alligators, Ussery’s remaining tags for the Grassy Lake WMA and the rest of the lines he had set on both WMAs.

Failing to comply with alligator tagging requirements and taking alligators from an unapproved area each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Gabe Guidry, Senior Agent Doug Anderson, Lt. Russ Kiser, Senior Agent Joey Merrill and Senior Agent John Volentine.

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

LDWF Agents Make Two Red Snapper Cases while Patrolling Gulf Flower Gardens

Release Date: 09/05/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Texas men in two separate cases for alleged red snapper violations while on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol on Aug. 31.

Agents were patrolling the Gulf of Mexico Flower Garden Marine Sanctuaries and encountered 20 fishing vessels.  While checking these vessels, agents found two vessels in non-compliance with red snapper regulations.

Agents cited Elvis Con Le, 52, of Port Arthur, Texas, and Hai Le, 51, both from Port Arthur, Texas, for possessing red snapper during a closed season.  Elvis Con Le was also cited for over limit of red snapper.  Agents seized five red snapper.  The daily limit during an open season is two red snapper for each licensed person.

Agents also cited Minh Van Le, 54, of Port Neches, Texas, for possessing red snapper during a closed season and possessing an undersized cobia.  Agents seized a red snapper and a 30 inch cobia.  Cobia must be at least 33 inches.

The open red snapper season in federal waters closed on June 29.

Agents involved in the cases are Major Jubal Marceaux, Capt. Robert Buatt and Sgt. Stuart Guillory.

LDWF participates in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) JEA program.  In the JEA program, LDWF provides enhanced enforcement of federal laws and regulations in federal waters.

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

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Louisiana Dove Season to Start Sept. 7 Statewide

Release Date: 08/30/2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind hunters that the 2013-14 dove hunting season starts on Sept. 7 in both the north and south zones.

LDWF is issuing this reminder because the 2013-14 Louisiana dove season falls at a later date than past seasons.  Furthermore, the LDWF smart phone app may not be updated with the current hunting regulations in time for the start of the dove hunting season.

LDWF is currently working with the app provider to get it updated with hopes to have the update available shortly with the 2013-14 hunting regulations.  The current LDWF smart phone app still contains last year’s hunting regulations that had the 2012-13 dove hunting season starting on Sept. 1.

The 2013-14 dove hunting season for the south zone runs from Sept. 7-15, Oct. 19-Dec. 1 and Dec. 21-Jan.6.  The north zone runs from Sept. 7-22, Oct. 12-Nov. 10 and Dec. 14-Jan. 6.  The daily bag limit is 15 in the aggregate with a possession limit of 45 in the aggregate.

For more information on the north and south zone boundaries for the dove hunting season, please refer to the 2013-14 hunting regulations pamphlet found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.

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

Special eNews: Louisiana Black Bear Workshop October 4-6, 2013

Come join the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for a teacher workshop focused on our state mammal – the Louisiana black bear! Spend a weekend full of fun and learning at Palmetto Island State Park.
 
Participants will receive:

  • GLE aligned lessons focused on the Louisiana Black Bear
  • $50 stipend upon completion of the workshop
  • GPS unit for your classroom upon completion of the workshop
  • Meals
  • Lodging at Palmetto Island State Park cabins
  • Field work in black bear habitat 
  • Up to  12  CLUs

 
Details:

  • This event takes place on October 4-6, 2013 Palmetto Island State Park.   
  • Registration begins at 4 PM on Friday and the workshop is scheduled to end at 10:30 AM on Sunday.
  • Fill out the attached registration form and mail it, along with a $25 check payable to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  (Checks will be returned upon completion of the workshop.)

 For more information or questions, please refer to the attached flyer and registration form or contact: Carrie Salyers, csalyers@wlf.la.gov

 

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