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Agents Cite Two Louisiana Residents for Insurance Fraud

Release Date: 12/20/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Slidell residents on Dec. 15 for alleged insurance fraud charges.

Agents cited Robert F. Angle, 78, and Joyce G. Angle, 77, for theft by insurance fraud, filing false public documents and injuring public records.

LDWF agents and National Insurance Crime Bureau investigators started a joint investigation involving a boat that was claimed as lost by the Angle's following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  The boat in question was recently found registered in Florida and was seized by detectives in Lee County Florida.

The Angle's each face up to 10 years in jail and up to $3,000 in fines for theft by insurance fraud.  Injuring and filing false public records each bring a fine up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail.

LDWF agents Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Doug Danna were involved in the case.

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

2012 Louisiana Turkey Regulations And Lottery Hunt Applications Now Available

Release Date: 12/16/2011

Dec. 16, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) 2012 Turkey Regulations pamphlet is now available. Hunters can obtain the pamphlet at any hunting license vendor outlet or via the LDWF website.

The regulations pamphlet includes changes in the 2012 turkey season framework that provide for a uniform statewide opening on the fourth Saturday in March. The season will open March 24 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows:  Area A, March 24 to April 22; Area B, March 24 to April 15; and Area C, March 24 to April 8. The daily bag limit is one gobbler, and the season limit is two gobblers.

Special private land youth hunts for those 17 years of age and younger, and hunts for wheelchair confined hunters, will take place on March 17-18, 2012 in all areas. The regulations pamphlet also includes turkey season dates for other WMAs, Kisatchie National Forest and National Wildlife Refuges.

Hunters are advised that the printed version of the 2012 Turkey Regulations does not list the West Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lottery hunt dates for March and April. Those dates are March 24-25, March 31-April 1, and April 7-8. Those dates are listed in the updated 2012 Turkey Regulations document posted on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/turkey.

The application forms for 2012 Turkey Season WMA lottery hunts for regular and youth hunters are also now available on the LDWF website. Those forms are located at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@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.

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L.D.W.F. Implements Mid-Year Reductions

Release Date: 12/16/2011

Dec. 16, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) implemented mid-year budget reductions today of $2.2 million.

The move will focus mainly on supplies and acquisitions and place a hold on purchases including boats, motors, wildlife management area maintenance equipment and planned software purchases for computer equipment upgrades. The department is also reducing and restricting travel for employees. 

“LDWF’s spending reductions target fiscal year cost savings that can be implemented while protecting services to our customers,” said Robert Barham, LDWF secretary.

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 Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

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Commercial Alligator Hunter Fined

Release Date: 12/15/2011

Dec. 15, 2011   A commercial alligator hunter from Sorrento was sentenced on Dec. 7 for alligator violations committed in Ascension Parish.

Judge Marylyn Lambert of the 23rd Judicial District Court in Ascension Parish ordered Arnold Villeneurve, 65, to pay a total of $5,242 in fines.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Villeneurve on Sept. 2 for possessing nine untagged alligators.  

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 also seized Villeneurve's 25 unused alligator tags from the 2011 season.

Case agents were Senior Agent Hal Bridges and Sergeant Todd Laviolette.

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

Louisiana Inshore Waters to Close for Fall Shrimp Season

Release Date: 12/14/2011

 

Dec. 14, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced today that the fall shrimp season will close in a majority of inshore waters on Tuesday, December 20 at sunset.  The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds and other areas located within Shrimp Management Zone 1, will remain open until further notice.

This closure date coincides with the December 20 closure of a portion of state outside waters approved earlier this month by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  These closures historically take place at this time of year when the temporary exemption from the white shrimp minimum possession size of 100 count per pound expires. 

Current sampling conducted by LDWF biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in these waters is smaller than 100 count per pound, and this action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Effective with this closure, shrimping will only be allowed in:

  • The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 north of the southern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) north of the Parish Road Bridge
  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds as described the double-rig line in R.S.56:495.1.(A)2
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line east of the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line west of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude

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.

 

Volunteers Continue Marsh Building Efforts at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 12/14/2011

Caption: Gulf Saver Bag deployment at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area – November 2011.
Caption: Gulf Saver Bag deployment at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area – November 2011.
Caption: Gulf Saver Bag deployment at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area – November 2011.

Dec. 14, 2011 -- Volunteers from across the nation spent a week in November deploying 4,000 Gulf Saver Bags to restore marsh habitat at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) at the southernmost tip of Plaquemines Parish.

Coordinated by the Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc., Americorps volunteer teams from the National Civilian Community Corps Southern Region prepared and installed the bags. LDWF Coastal and Nongame Resources Division staff assisted with delivery of volunteers and materials to the site.

The Gulf Saver Bag is a biodegradable burlap bag filled with a site-specific, custom mix of all natural humus, organic matter, vital nutrients and microbes, that provides a base for plants to thrive.  Marsh grasses are planted directly into the bags.  The bags then de-grade over a three to four month period after the plant roots have been successfully established.

Three previous bag deployments in the last 12 months have reestablished native vegetation, creating and expanding new marsh, increasing wetland habitat for wildlife and providing a seed source for natural regeneration.

Funding for the Gulf Saver Bags utilized in the November deployment was provided by the Clif Bar Foundation and In Good Company. Additional volunteer support was provided by Eileen Fisher and representatives of Annie’s Homegrown, the Children’s Creative Learning Center, Effect Marketing, Hyphae, Quality Bicycle Products, States Logistics, Seventh Generation and Timberland.

Pass a Loutre WMA, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, provides valuable wildlife habitat within one of nation’s most important migratory bird fly-ways. Portions of that habitat were severely impacted by hurricane activity in 2005 and 2008, and oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The WMA encompasses 115,000 acres and is the oldest wildlife management area in Louisiana. Visit www.wlf.la.gov for information on LDWF’s coastal wildlife management areas.

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov, or Leslie Carrere at 607-257-8855 or lc@restoretheearth.org.

 

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L.D.W.F. Honored by National Archery in the Schools Foundation

Release Date: 12/13/2011

2011 NASP State Tournament at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.
2011 NASP State Tournament at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.
2011 NASP State Tournament at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.

Dec. 13, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has been honored bythe National Archery in the Schools Foundation for establishing the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) in five percent ofLouisianaschools.

NASP promotes international-style target archery as part of the physical education curriculum in grades 4-12.  The curriculum covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self improvement.  Students use state of the art equipment to shoot at targets placed before an arrow curtain in the school gymnasium.  Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo an 8-hour Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training program that is conducted by LDWF education staff.

NASP has been growing in Louisiana since the introduction of the program in 2005. Over 20,000 students in grades 4-12 receive archery instruction in Louisiana. Attendance at the annual state tournament held for participating schools has doubled every year from the first tournament held in 2008.  In 2011, over 300 archers participated from across the state.  The 2012 state tournament will be held at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.

For more information, contact John Savell jsavell@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

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.

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LDWF Announces Closure of Oyster Season in Sister Lake and Bay Junop in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 12/12/2011

December 12, 2011 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close oyster season in Sister Lake and Bay Junop, both located in Terrebonne Parish.  These closures are to take effect at one half-hour past sunset on Thursday, December 15, 2011.

Recent data gathered by LDWF biologists indicates the presence of a successful spat set in these areas that represent future oyster stocks.  Therefore, Sister Lake and Bay Junop are being closed to protect the young, developing oysters from further harvesting impacts.

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by previous actions of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and the LDWF Secretary remain in effect until further notice.

For more information 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.

 

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Tip411 Complaint Leads to Deer Violations

Release Date: 12/09/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Winnfield Man for alleged deer violations in Winn Parish on Dec. 1.

Agents cited Jeremy S. Rowell, 26, for possession of illegally taken deer, taking over the legal limit of deer, hunting without a basic and big game license and without deer tags.

Agents received information through their tip411 program about Rowell harvesting three deer on Dec. 1 in Winn Parish.  The investigation determined that Rowell killed three doe deer.

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.

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

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the limit of deer carries a fine of $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic license, big game license and deer tags are each punishable with a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Rowell may also be responsible for civil restitution to LDWF in the amount of $1,624 per illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Rusty Perry and Senior Agent Heath Wood.

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

Terrebonne Parish Man Cited for Filing False Boat Registration

Release Date: 12/08/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Houma man for alleged boat registration violations in East Baton Rouge Parish on Dec. 6, 2011.

LDWF Strike Force and Undercover agents cited Chad Sagona, 36, for possessing a motorboat with an altered hull identification number and an outboard motor with altered serial number.  Agents also cited Sagona for injuring and filing false public records for his attempt to illegally register a boat.

Undercover agents answered an Internet classified ad in reference to a subject wanting to purchase a Louisiana boat registration for a vessel that could not receive a legal registration.  Undercover agents made contact with Sagona and sold him a false registration.

Sagona allegedly registered the vessel in his name with the false registration.  Agents seized the vessel along with a Yamaha outboard motor and boat trailer.

Filing false and injuring public records brings up to five years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for each offense.  If found guilty of altering a hull identification number and outboard serial number, Sagona faces a $50 fine for each charge and forfeiture of his boat and motor.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Agent Jake Darden and LDWF undercover agents.

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

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