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Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $18,000 in Rewards in 2013

Release Date: 02/12/2014

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $18,000 to diligent citizens statewide in 2013.

The LOGT board met three times in 2013 and reviewed a total of 41 cases.  A total of 68 subjects were apprehended and a total of 294 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $342,700 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted mostly of turkey, deer and alligator violations.

“We depend on LOGT and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts.  “LOGT provides the incentive for the public to come forward, which is the cash rewards offered for information leading to arrests in these 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 new 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 from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.

Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

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.

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

LDWF Seeking Leads for Whooping Crane Shootings

Release Date: 02/07/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are looking for leads regarding two whooping cranes that were found shot in Jefferson Davis Parish this morning, Feb. 7.

The whooping cranes were found and recovered near the corner of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road just north of Roanoke about five miles north of Interstate 10.  Agents found a shot and killed female whooping crane and a shot and injured male whooping crane.

LDWF personnel were able to retrieve the injured male crane and will transport it to LSU for examination.  It appears at this time to have an injured wing suffered from the shot.  Agents believe that the birds were shot with bird shot sometime yesterday, Feb. 6.

“Anytime we lose one of these cranes it sets us back in our efforts to restore the whooping crane population back to its historic levels in Louisiana,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “These were once native birds to Louisiana and the department would like to see these cranes thrive again in the future with a sustainable population.”

LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program is offering up to a $1,000 reward for any information about this illegal shooting that leads to an arrest.  To report any information regarding this whooping crane shooting, please call 1-800-442-2511.

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

Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Address: 

Denham Springs Bingo Hall
2813 Florida Blvd.
Denham Springs, LA. 70726

City: 
Denham Springs
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Address: 

Denham Springs Bingo Hall
2813 Florida Blvd.
Denham Springs, LA. 70726

City: 
Denham Springs
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Address: 

Denham Springs Bingo Hall
2813 Florida Blvd.
Denham Springs, LA. 70726

City: 
Denham Springs
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Address: 

Denham Springs Bingo Hall
2813 Florida Blvd.
Denham Springs, LA. 70726

City: 
Denham Springs
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Region 2 Boating Course

Date: 
Monday, February 24, 2014 - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Address: 

Poverty Point State Park
1500 Poverty Point Parkway
Delhi, La 71232

City: 
Delhi
Notes: 

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights. Please call 318-343-2417 to register.

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Playmakers

LEEC and Playmakers Partnership

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has an exciting offer for selected K-5 schools! Playmakers of Baton Rouge has partnered with LEEC to create and present an educational play focusing on watersheds. This play will be offered to selected underserved schools in Louisiana free of charge!

Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Inc. (playmakersbr.org) is Louisiana’s only professional theatre dedicated to bringing quality live theatrical productions to young audiences across the state. Founded in 1982, Playmakers is proud to continue providing excellent educational and entertaining opportunities to thousands of children and adults, through the annual Summer Neighborhood Tour, Spring Elementary School Tour, Drama Classes and Camps, Season Productions including Youth Company productions, and the Wally Wise Guy Educational Safety Mini-Tour.

Playmakers is staging a sneak preview performance at the Environmental Education State Symposium in Shreveport on the evening of February 21st. Symposium attendees from schools across the state will be given priority to register their underserved schools for a live performance!  To find out more about this extraordinary opportunity go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.

For more information, contact Thomas Gresham, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator, at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.

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