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Two Men Cited For Fishing Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/17/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 16.

Sgt. Adam Young cited Lee W. Pierce, 38, and Clay W. Mazyck Jr., 42, both of New Orleans, for taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout in the Jefferson Lake Diversion in Point a la Hache.

After receiving a complaint and conducting surveillance in the area, Sgt. Young observed the two men actively fishing and then leaving the area.  Sgt. Young stopped them at the boat launch and found them in possession of 99 spotted seatrout and 15 red drum.  The daily limit for spotted sea trout is 25 per person per day, and the daily limit for red drum is 5 fish per person per day.

"This time of year agents spend most of their time in the woods monitoring hunting activity.  However, this case and others like it prove why it is important to continue to have a presence on the water enforcing fishing regulations in the fall and winter months," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout each carry a maximum fine of $350, or up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs for each offense.  In addition, both men could be required to pay civil restitution for the illegally taken fish.

All of the fish were seized and donated to charity as per department policy. 

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Workshop, Contests, Resources, Lagniappe, Job Announcement

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana  

UPCOMING EVENTS

Community Oil Spill Public Forum (November 19)
The Central Gulf of Mexico Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), housed at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL) is partnering with Louisiana Sea Grant, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center to offer a Community Oil Spill Forum at each location on Saturday, November 19th.
          One and one half years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill began in 5000 feet of water off the southeast coast of Louisiana, many questions remain about the effects of this catastrophe. The Community Oil Spill Forum has been designed to address some of these questions for members of the general public, including adults and their children over the age of 12. Classroom teachers who attend will earn continuing learning units (CLUs). The event will feature presentations by scientists geared to a general level of understanding, an opportunity to ask questions of the scientists and activities that will clarify aspects of the oil spill – specifically seafood tasting and turtle rehabilitation.
           The event will be a videoconference among the three partner sites with all speakers presenting to and answering questions asked at all sites. Speakers at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge include resident scientists: Dr. Ed Overton will provide an overview of the oil spill event.  Dr. Julie Anderson will discuss dispersant use. Dr. Lucina Lampila will explain the current knowledge regarding seafood safety. At the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Ms. Suzanne Smith, of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, will discuss rehabilitation of large animals. At Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport, Dr. Jessie Kastler, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and producer of SpillScience.com, will summarize lessons of the oil spill and how science uncovers them.
          Registration for this event is strongly encouraged because space in videoconferencing facilities at each location is limited. Links to register at each location and more information about the event are available at http://cosee-central-gom.org/community_forum_la.htm. Contact Dianne Lindstedt at Louisiana Sea Grant, 225-578-1558, lsged@lsu.edu; Tricia LeBlanc at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 504-378-2675, tleblanc@auduboninstitute.org; or Michele McKee at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, mmckee@sciport.org, (318) 424-8688, for more information. 

First Annual Nutria Rodeo (December 3)
Sassafras, Louisiana is very proud to announce that it will host the First Annual Nutria Rodeo on December 3rd, 2011! The Nutria Rodeo is an effort to bring much needed attention to invasive species populations found in southern Louisiana, and will be set up similar to a fishing rodeo but with a creative twist. Each participant must follow all federal and state hunting laws and will be required to purchase a ticket prior to weighing in nutria, coyote, Asian carp, or feral swine. The Hurricane Levee Band will be playing most of the day and Cajun food will be sold. T-shirts are on sale now for $15 and tickets for $10.  If you are interested in being an exhibitor for the First Annual Nutria Rodeo please fill out the attached registration form and mail it to our address or email it to Alex Naquin alexnaquin@sassafrasla.org or call 985-696-0529 for more information.


WORKSHOP

FREE Educator Workshop (Deadline: November 18)
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is hosting another great NOAA Ocean Explorer professional development workshop! This new workshop, “Why Do We Explore?” will be held on Saturday, December 3, and is open to all 5-12th grade educators. Wonderful new classroom and interactive materials will be distributed, and educators who attend the full day will also receive a $50 stipend. Please see the attached flyer for complete workshop details and registration form. Applications can be emailed or faxed directly to Sara E Johnson, or sent via usps. To register, or if you have any questions, contact: Sara Johnson at (251) 861-2141 x7515 or sejohnson@disl.org


CONTESTS

"Document Your Environment" Contest for Students (Deadline: January 6, 2012)
The National Archives in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a student multimedia contest, "Document Your Environment".  Drawing inspiration from a collection of environmental photos from the 1970s, this contest invites students ages 13 to 18, college, and graduate students to create any type of graphic art, a short video, or a poem using a Documerica photo as a prompt. The grand prize for this contest will be $500, courtesy of the Foundation for the National Archives. The contest is hosted on challenge.gov, the federal government's online challenge platform. Entries will be accepted from November 1, 2011 to January 6, 2012. Finalists and the grand prize winner will be announced in February 2012. Finalists may be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the National Archives and a traveling exhibit with the EPA.
View contest details online at: http://documerica.challenge.gov/
Documerica Photos on National Archives Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/collections/72157620729903309/
Documerica photos online in National Archives Online Public Access (OPA): http://research.archives.gov/search?expression=parent-id-lnk%3A542493+lod-display-lnk%3AItem&pg_src=brief&data-source=selected-archival-data-records&data-source=archival-descriptions-with-digital-objects
Environmental Protection Agency's State of the Environment Project: http://blog.epa.gov/epplocations/

Accept the Biology Challenge: Become part of the USA Biology Olympiad (Deadline: February 3, 2012)
The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is the premiere US biology competition for high school students. After two rounds of challenging exams, 20 students are invited to a residential training program at Purdue University where they experience labs and lectures with advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills. The top four students go on to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Singapore July 8 to 15, 2012. Online registration is open from October 24, 2011 to February 3, 2012 at http://www.usabo-trc.org. For more information on how your students may participate in the USABO, please contact Kathy Frame at kframe@cee.org.
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RESOURCES

Announcing EPA’s New Student Blog
http://blog.epa.gov/students/
Teachers, students, parents, tell us your favorite website about nature, plants, or water. We might write a blog about it. We can help you get started writing your own blog entry about an environmental service project. This blog is a place where you can read about what kids are doing to protect the environment. You will also read about contests and cool environmental sites. Comment on our posts and tell us about all the great things you are doing to help the environment. Teachers and parents visit the blog to find out about all the great things kids are doing for the environment and how you can help them become future environmentalists! From this blog you can check out our new students site which includes resources for both students and teachers.

EarthEcho International's New Classroom Action Guide asks “What's On Your Fork?”
Does what you eat really have impact on our planet? Could mealtime choices actually help promote clean drinking water? What’s On Your Fork? is a new, free downloadable Action Guide and collection of supplementary educational tools from EarthEcho International designed to help educators and students explore the environmental and community impact of daily food choices. Rich in academic connections, the What’s On Your Fork? step-by-step Action Guide includes stimulating content, student organizers for discussions and planning, and examples of youth taking action.
           Visit www.WaterPlanetChallenge.org to learn more, including news about NEA Foundation Water Planet Challenge educator grants AND an upcoming What’s On Your Fork? Webinar hosted by Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
          What’s On Your Fork? A Campaign for Meatless Choices is authored by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. for Earth Echo International with contributions from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.
          Additional Water Planet Challenge Action Guide topics include: Know Your Flow (water efficiency), Out the Spout (water quality), Down the Drain (water quality), You Have the Power (energy efficiency), CleanUP (marine debris)

New Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Now Available
For the first time in 25 years, a new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is now available: http://gulfatlas.noaa.gov. Based on the idea of a traditional atlas but offered via the Internet by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Published on-line by NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), this initial release of the pilot version of the atlas has 95 map plates in 31 different subject areas with more planned in 2012. The actual map data can be found here. Each plate has a description explaining how the data was gathered and how it is relevant. Users can also link directly to the data and to a high resolution image of the original 1985 plate if available.

Invasive Species Compendium (Beta)
http://www.cabi.org/isc/default.aspx?site=144&page=4066
Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide.
The ISC is a constantly developing encyclopedic resource containing:
          Datasheets on over 1500 invasive species and animal diseases
          Basic datasheets on further species, countries, habitats and pathways
          Bibliographic database of over 65,000 records (updated weekly)
          Full text documents (updated weekly)
To see papers authored by NWRC staff, go to the Start Menu > highlight NWRC Virtual Library > click on Library Shared Files > select desired file and print or copy. Although there are exceptions, most files use the following naming conventions: author > pub year > publication > first page.
The bibliographic citation has been added to the NWRC Pubs database. When searching, be certain to add an asterisk after the search term to pull up more accurate search results.
Publications Database: http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/pblctns.htm
USGS Publications Warehouse: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/


LAGNIAPPE

Promoting Outdoor Recreation and Conservation in Louisiana
The Department of the Interior will issue a 50-state report outlining the country's most promising ways to reconnect Americans with the natural world. They are highlighting two projects in Louisiana that will be included in the final report – representing stakeholders believe are among the best investments to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor recreation jobs across the country. Creating a partnership to revitalize and increase access to rivers, lakes, and streams in the New Orleans area and habitat restoration in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin are among the projects nationwide that will be highlighted in the report as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. These projects were identified for their potential to conserve important lands and build recreation opportunities and economic growth for the surrounding communities as part of close engagement with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state of Louisiana, as well as private landowners, local- and tribal-elected officials, community organizations and outdoor-recreation and conservation stakeholders.
To view a map of the projects announced, click here.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 

BTNEP - Public Involvement Coordinator (Deadline for Applications: November 28)
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is seeking to fill a position for a Public Involvement Coordinator. This person will be domiciled in the BTNEP office on the Nicholls State University campus. The Public Involvement Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of BTNEP Action Plans related to involving the public in various volunteer programs and restoration activities within the Barataria and Terrebonne systems. To ensure maximum consideration, please submit a letter of application, a résumé, and three references by November 28, 2011. For position details, please visit: www.btnep.org

 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

St. Bernard Parish Man Cited For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 11/16/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial oyster vessel captain for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 11 in the Hopedale area.

Agents cited Clifford A. Derouen, 44, of Violet, for failing to fill out oyster tags and violating the oyster harvest sanitary code for refrigeration.

Agents received a complaint that a vessel was unloading oysters, which according to vessel logbooks were harvested on Nov. 9.  However, agents found the oysters were tagged as being harvested on Nov. 10.  Agents also determined that the oysters were not put under mechanical refrigeration before midnight of the day they were reported harvested as required.

Violation of the sanitary code for refrigeration carries a $25 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Failing to fill out oyster tags correctly carries a fine up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents returned 60 sacks of oysters to closed waters as per LDWF policy.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Gary Pierce.

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

Four Louisiana Men Cited for Federal Fisheries Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Nov. 11 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters.

Agents cited Hershel L. Girouard II, 39, of Youngsville, Shane P. Maturin, 30, of New Iberia, Adam J. Leonard Jr., 38, of Bourg, and George A. Venable, 29, of Church Point, for fishing for red snapper during a closed season and possessing over the limit of red snapper.  Girouard, Maturin and Leonard were also cited for failing to keep fish intact.

Agents boarded an offshore supply vessel approximately 70 miles offshore in federal waters.  Agents observed the four subjects fishing off the back deck of the vessel prior to boarding.

Agents seized 28 red snapper and one snowy grouper.  Agents found some of the red snapper with their heads and tails removed and a grouper with its tail removed.

The recreational season for red snapper was open from June 1, 2011 through July 18, 2011.  The daily possession limit for red snapper during the open season is two per person per trip.  The bag limit during the closed season is reduced to zero.

This case will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for review.  The penalties associated with violating the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act will be determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Council.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Bobby Buatt, Senior Agent Buddy Murray and Agent Justin Lowry.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Port Barre Man Arrested For DUI And Drug Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Port Barre resident on Nov. 12 for alleged night hunting and drug violations in St. Landry Parish.

Agents observed Randy Guillory, 55, hunting wild quadrupeds off a public road outside of Part Barre.  Agents then stopped the truck being driven by Guillory.  Upon coming in contact with Guillory, agents found an illegal narcotic, methadone, and cited Guillory for driving a vehicle under the influence (DUI).

Agents charged Guillory with illegal possession of a schedule II narcotic in the presence of a firearm, DUI, hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and discharging a firearm from a public road.  Guillory was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of schedule II drugs carries a fine up to $5,000 or jail time between two and five years.  Driving under the influence brings a fine of $300 to $1,000 and between 10 days and six months in jail.  Hunting from a public road and during illegal hours carries a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Agents involved in the investigation were Senior Agents Ryan Faul and Channing Duval.

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

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: Environmental Education Symposium – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!

We are celebrating 15 years of professional development and want YOU to join in the fun!!

2012 is the Year of Outdoor Teaching! Join us for a day of exciting environmental education sessions and earn needed CLUs! Many sessions will focus on how to use the outdoors to enhance the classroom experience!

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

On March 9-10, 2012, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana.
 



SHORT COURSE INFORMATION

The following optional Short Course sessions are being offered on Friday, March 9, 2012, in conjunction with the 2012 conference. Short Course participants must also register for the Environmental Education Symposium and pay conference registration fees, in addition to the nominal Short Course fee.
Preregistration is required.  Space is limited!  Participants will be notified via e-mail.

1. Louisiana Coastal Wetlands — An Inside View of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math that Goes on Behind the Scenes
Presenters: Susan Testroet-Bergeron, CWPPRA Education Specialist
        Cole Ruckstuhl, Media Specialist
        Dinah Maygarden, UNO, Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences
        Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin, Information Specialist
Grade Levels: 5-12
8:30 am–4:00 pm
$10; lunch provided; meet at National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette
Visit the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetland Research Center and learn about the "STEM" research that is happening there. Also, learn about what is being done to rehabilitate Louisiana wetlands through the CWPPRA -Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Get new lessons on barrier islands and a host of additional resources for your classroom.

2. Canoe, Explore… A Watershed Lesson and Tour!
Presenters:  Margot Addison, Bayou Vermilion District, Outreach Ed   
        Ron Boustany, NRCS Resource Conservation Specialist
Grade Levels: 7–12
8:30 am–3:00 pm
$15; lunch provided; meet at Bayou Vermilion District
Join us as we explore part of our Bayou Vermilion watershed. We will paddle up the Bayou Vermilion and branch off into Bayou Tortue and make our way to Lake Charlo. We will observe the changing topography of the river system; the transition from Lafayette's upland prairie complex to the Mississippi River basin's bottomland hardwood ecosystem. Along the way we will pause to discuss the various geological, hydrological and ecological influences that come into play, as well as the history of the area. We will also discuss the function and value of wetlands and their interaction within the greater ecosystem. Back at the Bayou Vermilion District we will continue our discussions and do activities relevant to the watershed that can be used in the classroom. (Moderate to light canoeing)

3. Get Your ROOTS On!
Presenters:  Dr. Pam Blanchard, Associate Professor, Science Education Director
         LSU Coastal Roots teachers      
Grade Levels: K–8
9:00 am–3:00 pm
$20; lunch & transportation provided
Come and join us on a tour of school gardens in the Lafayette area. Teachers from the host gardens and the LSU Coastal Roots Program will share activities and ideas of how you can integrate school gardens into your K-8 curriculum. Enjoy the day outdoors and come get your ROOTS on!

4. Nature Lessons in Your Schoolyard
Presenters:  Stacey Scarce, Curator of Natural Sciences, Acadiana Park Nature Station
         Kaye Madden, Naturalist
         Stephen Saltamachia, Naturalist
Grade Levels: K–12
8:30 am–3:30 pm
$10; lunch & transportation provided
The Acadiana Park Nature Station is hosting a full day of outdoor education for K-12 teachers. Experience outdoor lessons and journaling activities to better understand the connection that needs to be made with nature and the value of outdoor education. Nature Station staff looks forward to sharing their understanding and enthusiasm for learning in nature to help teachers create positive outdoor experiences for their students. Participants will receive a booklet of nature related lessons that correspond to LA state GLE’s. We will be outside so dress accordingly.

Early Bird Registration closes on February 10, 2012. Lodging assistance is available.

Forms and related information can also be found on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.
 


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec
 

LDWF Announces Closure of Seed-Oyster Harvest in Public Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 11/10/2011

Seed-Oyster Harvest Closure  11.14.11

November 10, 2011 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close seed-oyster harvest in selected public oyster areas east of the Mississippi River effective Monday, November 14, at one-half hour past sunset. 

The harvest of legal-size oysters (≥ 3 inches) for market sales is allowed to continue in these areas until further notice. 

The following areas are affected by the seed-oyster harvest closure:

1.      The public oyster seed grounds north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; and

2.      The public oyster seed grounds and reservations south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and west of a line that generally runs from California Point northeast to Point Gardner.

These areas were determined by LDWF biologist to hold only small amounts of seed oyster stock and a significant portion of the available stock has been harvested thus far during the 2011/2012 oyster season.  Additionally, sampling of seed-oyster loads on commercial vessels has determined that excessive amounts of non-living cultch material (reef shell, etc.) is being removed during seed harvest.  This activity threatens the long-term sustainability of the reefs by removing critical settlement substrate upon which oyster larvae settle and grow.  Based on current harvest pressure and the estimated low oyster stock size, these areas should be closed to protect from further impacts. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season remain in effect until further notice.

For the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season visit:   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-seasons

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

Ouachita Parish Man Sentenced In Federal Court For Wildlife Crimes

Release Date: 11/10/2011

A Ouachita Parish man was sentenced on Nov. 7 in U.S. Western District Court in Monroe for two counts of violating federal pesticide laws and one count of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Leslie W. Hardwick Jr., 47, of West Monroe, was sentenced to pay a $5,035 fine, be on supervised probation for three years with no hunting privileges and six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring by U.S. District Judge Robert James.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Hardwick in January 2011 after receiving a complaint that dead animals were being located in Ouachita and Richland parishes.  In Ouachita Parish, animals were found in the area of Bosco Lodge owned by Robert Stone and Sal Miletello.  In Richland Parish, animals were found south of Start on Two Stone Farms, which was also owned by Stone.  Bosco Lodge, a licensed deer pen in southeast Ouachita Parish, employed Hardwick.

Agents went to the areas and located a total of 54 dead animals four of which were migratory non-game birds.  The animals consisted of 17 coyotes, 16 raccoons, 12 opossums, four bobcats, a red tailed hawk, barred owl and two sparrows.

After finding the dead animals, a joint investigation began with LDWF, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.  During the investigation, agents located several areas baited with the insecticide known as Temik, which is a restricted use pesticide.

All 54 animals were sent to LSU veterinary school for analysis where it was found that all animals contained high levels of Temik in their digestive tracts.  During the interview with Hardwick, he stated that he had placed the bait sites laced with Temik to eradicate coyotes.

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Cytheria Jernigan prosecuted the case.

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

LDWF Agents Cite Seven For Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/09/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited seven individuals for alleged hunting violations in Red River Parish on Nov. 7.

LDWF was notified at approximately 4 a.m. by the Red River Parish Sheriff's Office about possible night hunting activities on La. Hwy 71 north of Coushatta.  Agents responded and made contact with the suspects and found two dead doe deer and a dead raccoon.

Dametry Caldwell, 19, of Coushatta; Adam Caldwell, 20, of Coushatta; Demarcus Atkins, 22, of Glostner; Sean Griffin, 22, of Natchitoches; Christian Campbell, 21, of Coushatta; Michael Powell, 35, of Mansfield; and Quinton Grant, 24, of Coushatta were all cited for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road.

Dametry Caldwell was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, possessing over the limit of deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.  Adam Caldwell was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting raccoons illegally and failing to comply with hunter safety regulations.

Agents believe the group began night hunting the previous day shortly after sunset.  The group had traveled several miles from Hall Summit to Lake End in Red River Parish.  The firearms used by the group varied from a high-powered rifle to a 12-gauge shotgun.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light range brings a $900 to $950 fine, up to 120 days of imprisonment and forfeiture of anything seized.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $200 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Possessing over the limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $200 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting raccoons illegally brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries up to a $50 fine and up to 30 days imprisonment.

Hunting without resident hunting or big game licenses brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with hunter safety regulations carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

There could also be a civil restitution penalty for the two doe deer in the amount of $1,624 per deer and for the raccoon in the amount of $27.75.

Agents involved were Sgt. Chuck Dison, Sgt. Patrick Staggs, Senior Agent John Blalock and Red River Parish Sheriff's Office Lt. John Malfouz.

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

tip411 Complaint Leads to Deer Hunting Citations

Release Date: 11/08/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Calcasieu Parish man on alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 30.

LDWF agents received a tip411 complaint from the public on Oct. 19 about potential deer hunting violations that occurred in Allen Parish.

Agents cited Christopher Bailey, 46, for taking deer with an illegal weapon, using illegal methods, hunting without a big game license and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record regulations.

After investigating the tip411 complaint and interviewing Bailey, agents found that Bailey had been squirrel hunting when he took an 8-point buck using a semi-automatic shotgun with fine shot.  Bailey admitted to agents he shot the deer the day before the still hunt season opened in Area 8.  Agents also found that Bailey failed to possess a big game license or deer tags.

Taking deer with illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking deer using an illegal weapon carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without big game license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Bailey may also be responsible for a civil restitution penalty of $1,624.61 for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Senior Agent Danon Maricle.

LDWF launched the tip411 program at the end of September as a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.

To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.   CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

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.

Citizens can also call Operation Game Thief's Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  The hotline and tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.

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

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