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L.D.W.F. News Release

Body of 12 Year Old Girl Found

Release Date: 07/19/2011

 

Search and rescue teams have located the body of the 12-year-old Mandeville girl who has been missing since being ejected into the water after a boating crash incident in Shell Beach Bayou in St. Bernard Parish on July 16.
The search and rescue teams found the body of Samantha Vinturella shortly after 11 a.m. in Lake Borgne about 5 to 6 miles from the original boating crash incident site.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents responded to a two vessel collision between a 20 foot boat operated by Marion Funchess, 61, of Folsom, and a 15 foot boat operated by Paul Battle, age 48, of Mandevile, on the evening of July 16 in the Shell Beach Bayou.  Battle had four juvenile passengers on board including the missing 12 year old girl.  Funchess had an adult passenger on board his boat.

All four juveniles were ejected from the 15 foot boat operated by Battle with three of them able to be recovered from the water.  Battle was not ejected from the boat, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  Funchess and his passenger did not receive any major injuries.

LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana State Police, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices have been searching since July 16 for Vinturella.

According to LDWF Enforcement Division Col. Winton Vidrine, LDWF will be the lead investigating agency for this boating crash incident to determine a cause of the collision and death.  Vinturella was not wearing a personal flotation device when the boating crash incident occurred and her body will be turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

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

Search Continues for Missing 12 Year Old Girl

Release Date: 07/17/2011

 

Several agencies including Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are continuing to search for a missing 12 year old girl in Shell Beach Bayou in St. Bernard Parish after she was involved in a boating crash incident on July 16.

LDWF agents responded to a two vessel collision between a 20 foot boat operated by Marion Funchess, 61, of Folsom, and a 15 foot boat operated by Paul Battle, age 48, of Mandevile, on the evening of July 16 in the Shell Beach Bayou.  Battle had four juvenile passengers on board including the missing 12 year old girl.  Funchess had an adult passenger on board his boat.

All four juveniles were ejected from the 15 foot boat operated by Battle with three of them able to be recovered from the water.  Battle was not ejected from the boat, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  Funchess and his passenger did not receive any major injuries.

LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices searched through the night and all day today for the missing girl.  The search agencies will continue to search until nightfall tonight and resume the search at first light in the morning.

LDWF will be the lead investigating agency for this boating crash incident.  The missing girl was not wearing a personal flotation device when the boating crash incident occurred.

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

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2011 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/15/2011

July 15, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2011 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 10; Sunday, Sept. 11; Tuesday, Sept. 13; Thursday, Sept. 15; Saturday, Sept. 17; Sunday, Sept. 18; Wednesday, Sept. 21; Saturday, Sept. 24; and Sunday, Sept. 25.

Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 18, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

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 on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net .

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections

Release Date: 07/15/2011

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections
L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections
L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections

 

The earlier maps posted to the LDWF website did not include additional areas near Lake Borgne and in Calcasieu Lake that will close to shrimping.

July 15, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and all of Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. 

Effective with this shrimp season closure, all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line, westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed to shrimp harvesting with the exception of the following areas:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
  • That portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove, and that portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

State waters in Zones 1 and 3, in which the spring inshore shrimp season has been extended, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice with the exception those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

These waters were closed to protect an increased quantity of juvenile shrimp, indicated by recent biological sampling.   

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 Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks to Close in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 07/14/2011

 

July 14, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close in Louisiana waters on July 17, 2011, at 11:30 p.m. 

This closure was made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham under the authority given by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, which allows the secretary to declare a closed season.  The National Marine Fisheries Service will also close the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the same time.

At this time, no date has been set for the reopening of the commercial large coastal shark fishery in Louisiana waters.

During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade, or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited.

The large coastal shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse, blacktip, bull, lemon, sandbar, silky, spinner and tiger sharks.

Vessels that have been issued or 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.

Louisiana harvesters land approximately 68 percentage of the annual quota for large coastal shark species according to recent statistics. 

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 Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures

Release Date: 07/14/2011

Maps originally posted with this news release were incorrect. Corrected maps will be posted soon.

July 14, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and all of Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. 

Effective with this shrimp season closure, all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line, westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed to shrimp harvesting with the exception of the following areas:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
  • That portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove, and that portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

State waters in Zones 1 and 3, in which the spring inshore shrimp season has been extended, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice with the exception those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

These waters were closed to protect an increased quantity of juvenile shrimp, indicated by recent biological sampling.   

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 Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

2011 Peason Ridge W.M.A. Fall Turkey Hunt Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for 2011 fall turkey hunt lottery spots on the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Vernon Parish.

The available dates include a three-day and a four-day hunting period as follows:

Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5 (Sunday through Wednesday)

The 150 available lottery spots will be awarded to 75 hunters for each of the two hunting periods. Only one application per hunter will be accepted and applications can be submitted individually, or as a group, with no more than five applications per group.

Applications and additional details on the application process are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts and LDWF headquarters by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: WMA Fall Turkey Lottery Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 22, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

All hunters selected will be required to have all required LA hunting licenses, including 2011-12 turkey tags. Turkeys harvested during this fall season count as part of each hunter’s 2011-12 turkey season bag limit. Additionally, hunters selected will be required to obtain a Military Clearance Permit from the US Army, provided at no cost by the Fort Polk Game Warden Office.

A drawing will be held in late August and winning applicants will be notified by mail. Lottery permits issued are non-transferable and must be in the hunter’s possession while on the WMA each day of the hunt.

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 on the fall turkey hunt lottery, call Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov

Legislation Provides More Options for Property Owners Contending with Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nuisance Animals

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011 - 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.) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds citizens that a valid Louisiana hunting license is required.
 
House Bill 294, signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal as Act 95, makes it legal beginning Aug. 15, 2011, 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 Aug. 15, 2011.  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 John Robinette at 337-491-2576 or jrobinette@wlf.la.gov

L.D.W.F. Closes Portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge Due to Litter Problem

Release Date: 07/12/2011

 

July 12, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed a portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) due to litter problems created by recreational fishermen.

The water management control structure known locally as Mud Hole, in that portion of Rockefeller SWR within Cameron Parish, will be closed to the public until further notice.

Refuge regulations prohibit littering, which includes not returning bycatch of recreational cast-netting to the water. Public use of the site has led to an accumulation of bycatch fish (mostly menhaden) that has created unsanitary conditions and litter along the banks of a water control structure accessible only by boat.

The unsanitary conditions caused by decaying fish prompted the precautionary closure. Refuge staff and Enforcement Division staff closed the structure July 11 to begin debris and litter removal left by structure users.  This area of the refuge will remain closed until further notice to insure the area is once again safe for public use.

Refuge users are reminded that it is against refuge regulations to litter, including not returning by-catch to the water. Violators can receive a citation for failure to comply.  To report littering on Rockefeller SWR or any LDWF property, individuals are encouraged to report violators to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.

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, call Rockefeller SWR Refuge at 337-491-2593.

Safe Boating Students Have Chance To Enter LSU Ticket Giveaway

Release Date: 07/12/2011

 

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) has purchased two Louisiana State University (LSU) football season tickets that will be raffled to students that attend selected safe boating classes.

The LWAA will randomly select six students who attend a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) safe boating course between July 13 and August 27.  Each of the six students selected will receive two tickets to one of LSU's home games this fall.

"This donation from the agents association was very generous and will help spur interest in our safe boating classes.  Anytime we can offer an incentive for people to take this very valuable class is a bonus as boating safety education is proven to save lives on the water," said LDWF Sec. Robert Barham.

Louisiana boaters born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a LDWF approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.  LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

"Not only will the student get their official safe boating certificate from the department, but they get the chance to see our LSU Tigers play in Tiger Stadium.  These tickets are very valuable as LSU is in a great position to make runs at both the SEC and National Championship and have Florida, Arkansas and the defending national champion in Auburn coming to Baton Rouge," said Barham.

For more information on the safe boating course, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

LWAA is a non-profit corporation that fosters, protects and promotes the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned LDWF enforcement agents, active or retired.  For more information and donation opportunities for the LWAA, please visit www.lwaa.org.

LWAA supports and provides funding for the following: Fallen Officers of the LDWF Enforcement Division, Louisiana Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Fund, Louisiana Special Olympics Program, hunting and boating Safety, National Hunting and Fishing Day, Children's Hospital, American Heart Association, St. Jude's Hospital, Louisiana Lions Camp For Crippled Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, Toys to Recovery, Louis Infant Crisis Center, Becoming an Outdoor Woman, Operation Game Thief and Camp Quality.

The following are the eligible LDWF safe boating classes for the LSU football ticket raffle:

Minden: July 13-14 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-371-3049

Opelousas: July 16 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m) 337-948-0259

Lake Charles: July 16 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Abbeville: July 17 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Rhinehart: July 23 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Covington: July 23 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Henderson: July 23 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Destrehan: July 23 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Marksville: July 27-28 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Crowley: July 30 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Gonzales: July 30 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Metairie: July 30 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Abbeville: Aug. 3 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Vacherie: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 225-562-2572

Ville Platte: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Opelousas: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Houma: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Monroe: Aug. 13 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) 318-343-2417

Metairie: Aug. 13 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Ferriday: Aug. 20 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Pierre Part: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Lake Charles: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Destrehan: Aug. 20 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Alexandria: Aug. 24-25 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Minden: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 318-371-3049

New Iberia: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Convington: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Gonzales: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Please call the number listed for the classes to register.

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

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