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.
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission would like to thank the participating K-5 schools that made our Playmakers of Baton Rouge partnership a success!
Playmakers of Baton Rouge partnered with LEEC to create and present an educational play focusing on watersheds. This play was 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.
For more information, contact Thomas Gresham, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-0124.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agent arrested two Louisiana men on Jan. 31 for alleged hunting violations on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).
The agents were patrolling the NWR when they observed Duell S. Moreland, 23, of Monterey, walking down a trail shining a headlight in a searching manner. Upon approaching Moreland with the aid of night vision, the agents identified themselves as police officers and told Moreland to do not move. Moreland then attempted to run away on foot before being caught from behind by the agents.
The agents identified Moreland and learned that he is awaiting trial for the illegal killing of a black bear in Concordia Parish. Moreland was found wearing a head light on his forehead, carrying a loaded crossbow equipped with a night vision scope, a loaded .444 rifle, possession of marijuana and another person’s deer tags.
The agents then went back to a nearby camp on private property where Moreland originated his illegal hunt from and found Ronnie Mason, 43, of Jonesville. After further investigation, agents revealed that Mason is a convicted felon who was also illegally in possession of a firearm at the camp.
The agents also found a freshly killed untagged doe near the camp with several propeller cuts on its body. An investigation revealed that while travelling to the camp Mason intentionally ran over the deer in his boat that was attempting to swim across Bayou Cocodrie.
Moreland was booked into jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, second offense of illegal possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods, and using archery equipment with illegal sights. Mason was booked into jail for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.
Moreland turned himself into the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18, 2013, for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana Black Bear.
Possessing a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years in jail. Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail. Second offense possession of marijuana carries a $250 to $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail. Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail. Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and using illegal sights each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Agents involved in the case are LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason and USFWS Agent Mark Cupit.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sulphur man on Jan. 29 for alleged deer hunting violations in Sulphur.
Agents arrested, Chris G. Clark, 51, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season, discharging a firearm from public road and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors. Clark was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.
Agents also cited two minors for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season and discharging a firearm from a public road.
LDWF agents received a complaint from the Calcasieu Parish Sherriff’s Office about a deer that was shot off of Ellis Moss Road in Sulphur. Agents went to the scene and learned from an eye witness who was able to get the license plate number and a detailed description of the vehicle that was used in the illegal shooting of a deer.
The license plate information led agents to a residence in Sulphur. Upon further investigation, agents learned that Clark drove the vehicle along with three minors to the location where deer were in a field off the road. Clark equipped one of the minors with a .243 rifle and one with a 30-06 rifle.
After further investigation, agents learned that Clark and the three minors pulled up to the field where Clark then instructed two of the minors to open the door and fire simultaneously at a deer. After both minors fired multiple shots killing the deer, they observed a vehicle approaching them from behind. Clark and the three minors then left the scene and did not return.
Agents seized the .243 and 30-06 rifles and a 12 gauge shotgun.
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense. Hunting or taking deer during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail. Discharging a firearm from a public road carries a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Stuart Guillory, Senior Agent Sean Moreau and Senior Agent Chuck Talbert.