LDWF Enforcement Region 7 News

Commercial Alligator Hunter Cited for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/07/2011

 

September  7, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial alligator hunter for alleged alligator violations on Sept. 2 in Ascension Parish.

While patrolling the McElroy Swamp area, agents came into contact with Arnold Villeneurve, 65, of Sorrento.  Agents found Villeneurve with two untagged alligators in his possession.  After further investigation, agents revealed Villeneurve had seven more untagged previously caught alligators stored in a cooler located at his residence.

Agents issued Villeneurve citations for nine counts of failing to tag alligators upon harvest.  Violation of this statue carries a fine of $450 to $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs for each count and forfeiture of anything seized.

The nine alligators were seized along with 25 unused alligator tags that were assigned to Villeneurve.  In addition to fines and penalties, Villeneurve may be subject to pay restitution for each of the alligators seized and the loss of future hunting privileges.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Hal Bridges and Sgt. Todd Laviolette.

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

Bogalusa Man Cited for Illegal Alligator Possession

Release Date: 07/13/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents issued a citation to a Bogalusa man for alleged illegal possession of an alligator on July 12.

Kevin Freeman, 40, was cited for illegally possessing an alligator during a closed season when agents found a 10 1/2 foot alligator on his property.

Freeman allegedly found a dead alligator on the banks of the Pearl River just north of Bogalusa in Washington Parish on July 12 and transported the alligator back to his residence.  The alligator had been caught on a setline and perished on the banks.

Agents are currently investigating this case to determine the identity of the person that originally rigged the setline during a closed alligator season.

Alligators are a protected species and may only be harvested and possessed by a licensed alligator hunter with valid alligator tags during an open season.

Illegal possession of an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, and jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized.  Freeman will also be assessed a civil restitution penalty of $375.80 for the value of the alligator.

LDWF agents Lt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Lee Davis participated in the case.

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

LDWF Agents Issue Littering Citations on the Amite River

Release Date: 06/28/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents issued littering citations to four men who were tubing on the Amite River on July 25.

Agents cited Keynan Long, 19, of Metairie, Byron Diez, 54, of Prairieville, Michael Brassard, 21, of Mamath, Maine, and Bradon Stakes, 19, of Rayne after allegedly observing the men intentionally littering by throwing their empty cans onto the bank, in the water and in the trees.

If convicted of the litter violations, each man will face between $175 and $1,000 in fines and up to eight hours in a litter abatement work program. 

LDWF Enforcement Division agents issued 1,001 littering citations for fiscal year 2009-10 and logged 7,958 patrol hours for littering enforcement. 

According to Keep Louisiana Beautiful, litter in Louisiana costs taxpayers approximately $40 million a year.

LDWF also took over the state's 1-888-LITRBUG (1-888-548-7284) hotline last June.  Citizens can call the hotline to report people that litter and littering sites to the department for further investigation.

Agents working the case were Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Senior Agent Nick Guillory, Agent Justin Lowry, Agent Mitchell Saunders and Agent Charles Talbert.

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

Surveillance leads to Night Hunting Citations

Release Date: 01/21/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited two Louisiana men on Jan. 12 for alleged night hunting violations in Ascension Parish.

After two nights of surveillance, agents issued citations to Grant Duplessis, 25, of St. Amant, and Mark Duplessis, 56, of Gonzales for hunting deer during illegal hours and failing to wear hunter orange. Grant Duplessis was also cited for not having a basic hunting or big game license and violating the deer tagging regulations.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The penalties for failing to wear hunter orange and not having a basic or big game hunting license each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Violating deer tag regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Senior Agent Randy Lanoux and Sgt. Todd Lewis.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Arrest Louisiana Man On Fraud Charges

Release Date: 11/29/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Louisiana man for alleged boater registration fraud on Nov. 23.

Agents booked Zachary Rarick, 21, of Pride, into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of filing false public records, injuring public records and filing false applications.

Rarick allegedly tried to register a new boat that he said was homemade. However, after an LDWF investigation, agents revealed the vessel was reported stolen from Go-Devil Manufactures in 2008.

For filing false public records and injuring public records, Rarick faces up to five years in jail, or up to $5,000 in fines or both for each offense. For filing false applications, Rarick face up to $500 in fines and up to 90 days in jail or both.

The agent investigating the case was Senior Agent Randy Lanoux with assistance from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office.

For more information, contact Capt. Len Yokum at 765-2999 or lyokum@wlf.la.gov.

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