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LDWF Agents Assist with Saving Three Year Old Boy’s Life

Release Date: 05/12/2015

Authorities saved a three year old boy from drowning in a swimming pool at a residence on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish on May 10.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents Lt. Louis Burnett and Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. were on vessel patrol around 5 p.m. on the Diversion Canal when they were flagged down by a woman from a dock near her residence on Home Port Road.  The woman told them that a three year old boy was found face down in her pool a few minutes ago.

Senior Agent Marques Jr. raced to the pool about 25 yards from the dock and found the child lying on the ground next to the pool not breathing.  Marques Jr. put his hand on the child’s chest and felt the heart beating.  He then cleared the airway of the child by performing the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver.  The child then let out a gasp of air that prompted Marques Jr. to lay the child on his side to promote more breathing.

While Marques Jr. was performing first responder aid to the child, Lt. Burnett was radioing for paramedics to the scene and securing the vessel.

Marques Jr. and Lt. Burnett were able to keep the child breathing until some volunteers from the Fifth Ward Fire Department showed up with oxygen for the child.  The LDWF agents and Fire Department personnel were able to keep the child breathing on oxygen until Acadian Ambulance paramedics arrived shortly thereafter.  The child was then airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.  The child was admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Everybody involved did a great job to keep this child alive,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “Senior Agent Marques’ efforts were heroic and the fact he acted so quickly probably saved the child’s life.”

All LDWF agents are trained and certified in first responder training which includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) every year.

According to an adult male, he turned his back on the child briefly while gathering some fishing poles.  When he was finished he then found the child face down in the swimming pool and immediately retrieved the boy’s body.  He then attempted CPR before Marques Jr. arrived on the scene.

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

Road Access Update on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 05/12/2015

May 12, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area users that the half mile portion of Hunt Road north of the Diversion Canal has been reopened to vehicle traffic.  Hunt Road will remain closed to traffic north of Mound Bayou Road due to construction.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753.
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Husband and Wife Sentenced for Fishing License Fraud

Release Date: 05/11/2015

A couple from New Orleans pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish District Court for recreational fishing license fraud on May 11.

Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced Derwin Hill, 60, and Diana Hill, 60, to each pay a $1,500 fine, two years of jail suspended and two years of probation.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested the couple on Feb. 27 for filing false public records for their roles in forging a recreational fishing license in order to falsely make a claim after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The LDWF Licensing Section notified agents of the Hill’s attempt to forge a recreational license.  During the investigation, agents learned that Diana allegedly forged a 2011-12 fishing license purchased by Derwin to reflect a 2010-11 recreational fishing license so that they could make a claim with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and Deepwater Horizon Settlement Program.

Agents were able to gather the Hill’s claim information from the National Center for Disaster Fraud.  Agents leaned that the Hill’s made two separate claims with the altered fishing license.  The claim with Gulf Coast Claims Facility was filed on Oct. 31, 2011 for lost earnings in the fishing industry.  Derwin stated the lost total earnings totaled $19,500 in the two claims.

Derwin also filed a subsistence claim with Deepwater Horizon Settlement Program on Oct 24, 2012 for not being able to fish due to the oil spill.

On Jan. 8, 2013, agents met with the Hill’s to interview them about the fraudulently altered fishing license and claim.  During the interview, Diana stated that she changed the dates on the fishing license.

The Hill’s did not receive any money from the claims due to the fraudulent nature of the fishing license used for the claim.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Edward Ridgel and Senior Agent Ronnie Engelhard.  Assistant District Attorney Jeff Hall prosecuted the case.

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

Search and Rescue Crews Recover Body of Missing Boater

Release Date: 05/09/2015

Search and rescue crews found the body of a River Ridge man around 1:30 p.m. today, May 9 following a single boat incident in Rattlesnake Bayou in Plaqumines Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Gary Folks, 61, near where he entered the water after getting ejected from his vessel.

The boating incident occurred around 9 a.m. in Rattlesnake Bayou about 12 miles south of Happy Jack.  According to the surviving passenger the two men were cruising in Rattlesnake Bayou when Folks lost steering control and the boat took a violent turn ejecting both men into the water.  The passenger was able to get away from the unmanned circling boat and make it to shore.  He never saw what happened to Folks.

The passenger was able to make it to shore where he flagged down a passing boater and then called for help around 9:20 a.m..  The search crews were able to recover the boat that eventually grounded itself into the bank of the bayou.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device when they were ejected into the water.  Folks’ body was turned over to the Plaquemines Parish Coroner’s Office to determine the official cause of death.

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

Agents arrest Marksville Man for Theft on WMA Campground

Release Date: 05/08/2015

 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Marksville man for his allegedly involvement in the theft of money from the self-pay camping site on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Avoyelles Parish.
 
On May 8, agents arrested and cited Barry Ray Laiche II, 19, of Marksville on counts of theft, and WMA violations. 
 
Spring Bayou WMA personnel alerted wildlife agents when they noticed that the box where campers self pay their overnight camping fees was short on money; however, the campers had paid for their sites. Over the last month, an electronic surveillance camera showed an individual taking money out of the self-pay box multiple times.
 
LDWF agents set up surveillance on the self-pay site on the evening of May 7. At approximately 1:00 a.m. agents observed Laiche approach the self-pay box and remove envelopes with a specially outfitted tool. Agents intercepted and apprehended Laiche on his way back to his truck. Laiche admitted that the $146.00 on him was from the self-pay box.
 
Agents booked Laiche into the Avoyelles Parish Jail in Marksville. Laiche was charged with 5 counts of theft, 15 counts of violating rules and regulations on a WMA, 1 count of no driver’s license and one count of littering.
 
Agents involved in the case are Sergeant Gabe Guidry, Senior Agent Doug Anderson Jr., Sergeant Byron Cammack, Senior Agent Jay Callegari and Lt. John Volentine.
 
For more information, contact Gabe Giffin ggiffin@wlf.la.gov or 985-351-2783.

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Sets 2015 Spring Shrimp Season

Release Date: 05/07/2015

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Sets 2015 Spring Shrimp Season

 May 7, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the opening date for the 2015 Louisiana spring shrimp season. The spring shrimp season was set based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.
 
LDWF provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population would reach sizes of 100 count per pound or larger.
 
The 2015 Louisiana inshore shrimp season will open statewide at 6:00 am Monday, May 18 as well as that portion of state outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude.
 
In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open to shrimping except for outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal.
 
For a map detailing today’s actions please click here.
 
The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any portion of Louisiana's inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, or if enforcement problems develop.  The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters. 
 
LDWF reminds fishermen that federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times.  Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 – October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 – March 31.
 
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 Jeffrey Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286 -4162.
 
 
 

Body of Missing Denham Springs Man Found in Iberville Parish

Release Date: 05/07/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents recovered the body of a Denham Springs man this morning, May 7, near the Bayou Sorrell locks in the Intracoastal Canal in Iberville Parish.

LDWF agents along with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office (IPSO) and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office began searching for James L. Haley, 61, on May 1 around 10:30 p.m.

Haley’s body was found around 10:15 a.m. about 12 miles south of Plaquemine and 9 miles downstream from where he fell from a houseboat in Grand River.

According to eyewitnesses Haley stepped off a houseboat and slipped while attempting to return to his own vessel. Haley fell into the water and surfaced two times and then disappeared.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Haley’s body was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

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

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notice of Intent for Crappie Regulations on Eagle Lake

Release Date: 05/07/2015

(May 7, 2015) - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries commission adopted a notice of intent to modify current crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish.
 
Passage of this NOI will change the daily take and size regulations to 30 fish per person with an 11-inch minimum length limit in order to establish consistency with Mississippi, who borders the lake on the east.  Provided identical regulations are approved in Mississippi, the rule will become effective on October 1, 2015, and will remain in effect for a four-year period.
 
Future management will be determined after a population stock assessment and angler opinion survey are administered after the four-year period.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relevant to the proposed rule by July 6, 2015, to Randy Myers, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-1000 or via email at rmyers@wlf.la.gov.
 
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 press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Commercial Fishing Season for Large Coastal Sharks Closed in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 05/06/2015

May 6, 2015 –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that effectively immediately, commercial fishing for large coastal sharks is closed in Louisiana waters. The National Marine Fisheries Service also closed commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week.  The season will remain closed in state and federal waters until January 1, 2016, when the season is scheduled to reopen. 
 
During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, trade, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited.
 
Vessels that have been issued or that possess a federal shark research permit may continue to operate under the conditions of that permit, which includes the presence of designated NOAA Fisheries observers aboard the vessel for the duration of the trip, until the quota for the federal shark research fishery is achieved.
 
The season for the commercial harvest of small coastal sharks in Louisiana waters remains open at this time.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4162.
 

 

2015 STEP OUTSIDE DAY Set for May 9 at Sherburne WMA

Release Date: 05/05/2015

 

May 5, 2015 -- The 11th Annual STEP OUTSIDE DAY, an outdoor education program, will be held Saturday, May 9 at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area on the northern end of the Atchafalaya Basin.

 

STEP OUTSIDE DAY is open to all children and adults. Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this outdoors day is provided for youths and individuals with special needs to provide an opportunity to engage in safe, hands-on outdoor activities.  All Activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the

Sherburne WMA headquarters area and admission is free to all participants.

 

This year’s event will include fishing, archery, boating, target shooting, nature photography, bird watching, canoeing and many other outdoor activities, plus information on trapping techniques, turkey and duck calling, the Louisiana black bear and alligators.

 

Soft drinks and food will be provided on site. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers will be allowed on the premises.

 

Directions to Sherburne WMA headquarters: From US Hwy. 190, take the Sherburne (LA 975) exit, and drive south approx. 3 miles; event activities will be on the left, near Big Alabama Bayou. From I-10, take the Whiskey Bay Exit, and drive north approx. 13 miles on LA 975, event activities will be on the right, near Big Alabama Bayou.

 

For more information, contact the LDWF Opelousas field office at 337-948-0255 or send e-mail inquiry to Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.
 

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