Enforcement

LDWF Agents Cite Five Subjects for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/02/2011

 

September 2, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five Shreveport subjects for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 27.

LDWF agents received an anonymous Operation Game Thief complaint concerning an alligator that was killed on Cross Lake within Caddo Parish in July of 2011.  After further investigation, agents were able to identify five suspects. 

The five suspects confessed to agents of their involvement in the taking and possessing of an alligator.  Agents also found and seized a 60-inch long alligator skin from the residence of one of the suspects.

Agents cited Robert Arnett, 23, and Laura Grice, 18, for illegal possession of an alligator.  Daniel Grice, 20, Adam Parisy, 20, and Cory Lubking, 24, were all cited for taking an alligator during a closed season and taking an alligator without a license.

Illegal possession of an alligator and taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.  Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Troy Parker, Senior Agent Toby Meyers, Senior Agent Frank Reger and Lt. Roy Schufft.

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

Texas Fishermen Cited for Federal Fishing Violations

Release Date: 09/02/2011

 

September 2, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Aug. 29 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters. 

Agents cited Kevin Hai Vo, 53, of Houston, Texas; Dien Xuan Le, 47, of Dickinson, Texas; Hai Tan Pham, 47, of San Leon, Texas; and My J Lam, 45, of Houston, Texas for possessing over the limit of cobia and failing to keep saltwater finfish intact.

The daily possession limit for cobia is two per person.  Agents seized 10 cobia and 84 pounds of cobia filets.

Possessing over the limit of cobia brings a fine between $100 and $350, up to 60 days in jail or both.  Failing to keep saltwater finfish intact carries a fine between $250 and $500, up to 90 days in jail or both.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Brian Theriot, Sgt. Mitch Darby, Sgt. Keith Delahoussaye and Senior Agent Derek Logan.

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

Belle Chase Man Cited for DWI on the Water

Release Date: 08/30/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Belle Chase man for allegedly driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) on Aug. 27.

Agents performed a boating safety inspection of a personal watercraft (PWC) being operated by Kevin Hoots, 40, in the Intracoastal Waterway near Lafitte.  During the inspection, agents detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Hoots' breath.

During the standard field sobriety test, agents determined Hoots was impaired.  Hoots also registered a blood alcohol content over the legal limit of .08 after agreeing to take a Breathalyzer test.  Agents booked Hoots into the Gretna Correctional Facility for a first offense DWI.

First offense DWI brings a fine between $300 and $1,000, up to six months in jail or both.

Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.  Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Doug Danna and Agent Jared Taylor.

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

Agents Respond to Boating Crash Incident on Diversion Canal

Release Date: 08/29/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents responded to a boating crash incident on Aug. 27 in the Amite River Diversion Canal area of Livingston Parish around 7 p.m.

The occupants of a civilian vessel advised LDWF agents patrolling the area of a boating crash incident that just occurred one mile up river.  Agents immediately responded and were first on scene.

Upon arrival agents found that the 19-foot vessel had struck and was lodged under a pier.  The five occupants of the vessel are listed below:

Jack Riffle, 41, operator; Elizabeth Riffle, 44, wife of Jack; 15 year old girl, daughter of the Riffles; 13-year-old boy, son of the Riffles; and Chico Garcia, 29.  All involved are from Baton Rouge and found to have injuries ranging from moderate to very serious

Agents immediately summoned emergency medical responders and began removing debris in order to access and provide basic first-aid to the injured until the advanced medical responders were able to arrive.  The cause of the incident is currently under investigation by LDWF.

Agents involved in the response were Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Sgt. Todd Lewis, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Agent Terry Hicks and Agent Dale Wheat.

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

LDWF Agents Cite Mississippi Man For Shrimping During Closed Season

Release Date: 08/25/2011

 

August 25, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Mississippi man for allegedly shrimping during a closed season in St. Bernard Parish on Aug. 19.

Agents cited Dac Quoc Nguyen, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.

Agents were responding to complaints of illegal shrimping in St Bernard Parish's North marsh.  Agents were in the area of the complaints and observed the vessel occupied by Nguyen engaging in skimming operations in Elephant Pass.  Agents issued Nguyen a citation and seized 280 pounds of 16-20 count white shrimp.

Using skimmers in a closed season brings up to a $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs.

In addition to any other penalties, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible by LDWF.

Agents participating in the cases were Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Senior Agents Austin Arteaga and Brett Nabors.

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

Fishermen Cited In Federal Waters

Release Date: 08/25/2011

 

August 25, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Aug. 15 and two men on Aug. 16 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters.

On Aug. 15, agents cited Larry Minor III, 23, of Fairhope, Ala., Jeffery Copeland, 42, of Mobile, Ala., Wayne Guidry, 34, of Marrero, and Jason Chauvin, 41, of Baton Rouge, for failing to have saltwater finfish intact and possessing red snapper during a closed season.

On Aug. 16, agents cited Richard Britton, 48, of Pickens, S.C., and Brian Loupe, 30, of Morgan City for possessing red snapper during a closed season.

Agents seized 153 red snapper, shark and blue fish filets on the Aug. 15 case and for the Aug. 16 case seized 70 red snapper filets and a 17-inch red snapper.

Agents participating in the cases were Sgts. Travis Huval and Brian Theriot, Senior Agents Donnie Bozeman and David Boudreaux, and Agent Brandon Fontenot.

The penalties for taking red snapper during a closed season are fines between $100 and $350, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Failing to have saltwater finfish intact are fines between $250 and $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.

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

New Iberia Man Pleads Guilty for Taking Louisiana Black Bear

Release Date: 08/17/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division investigation of an illegally taken black bear has resulted in a guilty plea of a New Iberia man in Federal Western District Court in Lafayette on Aug. 17.

Cory R. Ronsonet, 39, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Hanna for one count of violating the endangered species act for illegally taking a Louisiana black bear.  A pre-sentence investigation is in progress to help determine penalties.  Ronsonet could receive up to $100,000 dollars in fines and up to one-year imprisonment.

LDWF initiated the investigation during the 2008-09 hunting season after receiving a public tip that a black bear had been shot and the bear was skinned and stored in a fashion to mount it in the future.  Agents then found a black bear skin and its decapitated head on May 19, 2011 off of Daniel Lane near a subdivision in New Iberia.  During the investigation, Ronsonet admitted to LDWF Enforcement Division agents on May 31, 2011 of taking the black bear in question.

"This is a perfect example of the public and law enforcement working together to help solve a case.  The agents did a great job of pursuing the perpetrator for over a year and bringing justice to this case," said Col. Winton Vidrine, Chief of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "Due to the nature of a federal investigation, enforcement officials were not able to provide any details about the investigation until this point."

LDWF Senior Agent David Boudreaux was the lead investigator on the case and was assisted by Sgts. James Rhodes, Mitch Darby, Brian Theriot and Senior Agent Jason Romero.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Special Agent Phillip Siragusa also assisted with the investigation.

The bear had been a part of LDWF's black bear program and was first tagged in 2000 when it was estimated to be six years old.  The passive integrated transponder implanted during the initial capture was left in the hide when the bear was skinned and provided positive identification.  LDWF had never received a nuisance call about this older male bear that lived mostly in the Weeks Island area of lower Iberia Parish.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.

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

License Still Needed to Hunt Feral Hogs

Release Date: 08/15/2011

 

August 15, 2011-The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants to remind citizens that a valid Louisiana hunting license is still required to take outlaw quadrupeds including feral hogs with the new laws that went into effect today, Aug. 15.

Legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative Session, provides additional options for citizens to take outlaw quadrupeds (armadillos, coyotes, feral hogs) and nuisance animals (nutria and beaver).

House Bill 294, signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal as Act 95, makes it legal beginning today, to take outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver at night from March through August on private property with any legal firearm.  Anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.

Additionally, House Bill 169, signed into law by Governor Jindal as Act 29, allows the take of nuisance quadrupeds at night using sound suppressors on the firearm(s) utilized, beginning today.  Anyone using such a weapon must have in possession a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The use of sound suppressed weapons is restricted to the take of outlaw quadrupeds, including coyotes and feral hogs, from March through August on private property.

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, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Pineville Man Cited For Possession Of Three Spotted Fawns

Release Date: 08/15/2011

 

August 15, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Pineville man for allegedly possession three spotted fawns on July 20 in Rapides Parish.

Agents visited the residence of Timothy C. Toms, 44, and found three spotted fawns being kept illegally.  Toms told agents he received the three spotted fawns from three different people and that he intended to raise them.

Toms was cited for three counts of possession of spotted fawns.  Possession of a spotted fawn carries a fine between $500 and $750 or jail time between 15 and 30 days for each count.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Kevin Hill and Senior Agent John Volentine.

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

LDWF Offering Cash Reward for Vandals on Rockefeller Refuge

Release Date: 08/12/2011

 

August 12, 2011-The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is seeking leads on a recent act of vandalism on the Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) located in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes.

The Rockefeller SWR employees noticed the new Rockefeller SWR sign had seven bullet holes on Aug. 10.  Employees also found that some bullets had gone through the sign striking a dormitory building on the property.  This dormitory building houses a high volume of guests year round.

The Rockefeller SWR entrance sign is located off of Hwy. 82 directly in front of the property's headquarters building and was purchased and installed in March of this year.

Anyone with information regarding this act of vandalism on the Rockefeller SWR or any other wildlife crime should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Cash rewards up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of vandals associated with this incident.  Callers will also remain anonymous.

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

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