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Two Terrebonne Parish Men Pleaded Guilty to Oyster Violations

Release Date: 10/13/2014

Two Terrebonne Parish men were sentenced in Division A of Terrebonne Parish Court for illegal oyster fishing violations on Oct. 8.

Fernando Carbajal, 39, of Houma, and Jonathan Reyes, 25, of Houma, both entered a guilty plea before 32th Judicial District Court Judge George Lark for one count of taking oysters from an unapproved area in Sevin Canal in Terrebonne Parish on June 26, 2014.

Judge Lark sentenced both men to pay a $950 fine, serve 120 days jail time suspended upon paying fines, revoked their oyster harvester license privileges for one year, serve 40 hours of community service in the litter abatement program and both men cannot harvest oysters for a period of one year unless the vessel is equipped with a vessel monitoring device.  Both men were also put on active probation for six months.

Assistant District Attorney Barry Vice prosecuted the case.  Participating in the investigation were Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Sgts. Bryan Marie and Richard Purvis and Agent Richard Bean.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

$7,000 Reward Offered for Information on Dead Black Bear

Release Date: 10/06/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads in the illegal killing of a black bear in Concordia Parish.

A reward of up to $7,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.  The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering $5,000, LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program up to $1,000, and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation another $1,000.

A fisherman found the bear, badly decomposed, on Sept. 1 in the Atchafalaya River. The bear was a part of LDWF’s Black Bear Restoration Program and was radio collared over the past year to track the animal’s movements. The bear was normally tracked in the Turnbull Island area of Concordia Parish.

At this time, agents believe that the approximately four-year-old female bear was killed in Concordia Parish and thrown in the river, where her body then floated downstream.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992. Residents 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 animal may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

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.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Body of Houma Man Recovered Following Boating Incident in St. Mary Parish

Release Date: 10/06/2014

The body of a Houma man was recovered from the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Mary Parish this morning, Oct. 6, by search and rescue officials.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents and St. Mary Sheriff’s Office (SMSO) deputies found the body of Wallace Bailey Jr., 38, at approximately 6:30 a.m. after searching throughout the night.

Officials were notified at 9 a.m. about a boating incident in in the Intracoastal Waterway near the intersection of Bayou Boeuf.

According to witnesses, Wallace Bailey Jr. was operating a small aluminum skiff with a hand tiller steering motor with his father Wallace Bailey Sr., 64, of Morgan City, as the passenger.  The skiff crossed a wake and quickly turned ejecting both men into the water and sinking the vessel.

Witnesses were able to pull Bailey Sr. from the water and Bailey Jr. sank below the water and didn’t resurface.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this incident.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device.  Bailey Jr’s body was turned over to the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

LDWF Enforcement Agent Recognized at October Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/03/2014

Senior Agent Wolf and Shikar-Safari Rep. Chris Kinsey

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was honored at the Oct. 2 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 Senior Agent Thomas Wolf, of Houma.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

“Senior Agent Wolf deserves all the accolades for being such a fine conservation agent for the department,” said Col. Joey Broussard.  “He does an excellent job of using his knowledge, tips from the public and experience when making decisions in the field on difficult cases.  He is also a very dependable agent who always ranks amongst the highest each year in case load.”

Wolf has been an LDWF agent for five years and mainly patrols Terrebonne Parish.  Wolf also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “2014 Agent of the Year” award. 

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Two Men Cited For Oyster Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 09/30/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged oyster violations in Plaquemines Parish on Sept. 26.

Agents cited Matthew J. Lepetich, 37, of Belle Chasse, and Jose M. Bocanegra, 45, of St. Bernard, for violations of the states oyster sanitation code that are intended for raw consumption.  Lepetich was also cited for violations of the vessel monitoring systems for oyster cargo vessels, failing to tag oysters properly and failing to maintain the required records for oyster cargo vessels.

The charges stem from agents stopping Lepetich in Bay Adams in Plaquemines Parish without the required Department of Health and Hospitals log sheet filled out.  The log sheet is used to indicate what the intended use was for the oysters.

After further investigation, agents learned that Lepetich was receiving oysters from one of his other vessels that were not refrigerated properly and which were intended for raw consumption.  The vessel those oysters were received from had no type of refrigeration on board.

The oysters harvested by Lepetich himself were also not properly tagged by lot ID’s in accordance with Department of Heath and Hospitals regulations for raw consumption oysters.

Lastly, Lepetich did not have the required vessel monitoring system on his vessel as required by oyster cargo vessels.

Agents seized 351 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Violating the states oyster sanitation code for non-refrigerated oysters for raw consumption, failing to maintain required records for oyster vessels and the vessel monitoring system for oyster cargo vessels each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to tag oysters carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young, Senior Agent Joel Cromp, Sgt. Tim Fox, Senior Agent Brett Nabors, Senior Agent Robert Cosse Jr., and Agent Jeff Farmer.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

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