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Reward Up to $3,000 for Information on Cut Down Trees In Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 02/06/2015

Cut down trees blocking navigation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

After further investigation by LDWF biologists and agents, LDWF has found up to 100 trees cut down on the WMA since early December of 2014.  Agents believe the trees were cut down to block navigation to the northern part of the WMA in order to keep other hunters out of the area.  The trees blocked all three entrances to an area known as the “Bean Field” in the northern part of the WMA.

The trees ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches in diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

LDWF has secured up to $1,000 in reward money each from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Spring Bayou Restoration Team and Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief.  The reward now totals up to $3,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day.   Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.

The penalty for cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage of state property and brings up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.  There may also be a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees and cleanup required.

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

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $18,000 in Rewards in 2014

Release Date: 02/05/2015

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,200 to diligent citizens statewide in 2014.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 40 cases in 2014.  A total of 67 subjects were apprehended and a total of 218 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $358,900 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 17 deer cases, 10 migratory game bird cases, six turkey cases, three fish cases and two alligator cases.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.

Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

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

LWF Commission Passes Final Rule on the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program

Release Date: 02/05/2015

February 5, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed an amendment to the notice of intent for the Fisheries Forward Program, a program designed, to elevate professionalism in Louisiana’s commercial crab industry.  The Louisiana Fisheries Forward program was designed in close cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Crab Task Force
 
To view the amendment to the notice of intent as passed today click here:
 
A public hearing will be held to accept public comment on this amendment on March 25 at LDWF Headquarters, located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.  
 
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 program contact Jason Froeba at jfroeba@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-0121.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

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The LWF Commission Passes Final Rule to Establish the Catch and Cook Program

Release Date: 02/05/2015

February 5, 2015 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent to establish the Louisiana Catch and Cook Program, a program where permitted retail food establishments will be able to prepare certain recreational fish caught by properly licensed fishermen. Rules and regulations, penalties, terms, conditions and requirements will apply to those food establishments and fishermen participating in the program.

To view the Notice of Intent, as passed by the LWFC in its entirety, click here:

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 program contact Rob Bourgeois at rbourbeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-0765.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

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Louisiana Black Bear Management Plan Presented to Commission

Release Date: 02/05/2015

Feb. 5, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today presented its Louisiana Black Bear Management Plan. The plan, which includes a population monitoring component, was delivered to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
The Commission heard details on the plan including management objectives, history of the species, education and outreach efforts, human-bear conflict resolution methods, a post-delisting monitoring plan, factors that would have to be considered prior to any harvest proposal and anticipated impacts, including economic and social.
 
The plan details the importance of four distinct black bear subpopulations including a repatriated subgroup in Concordia and Avoyelles parishes. It also references several studies, including the recently completed US Geological Survey (USGS) study that confirmed the long-term viability of the black bear in Louisiana.
 
The research data collected in the USGS study from 2006 to 2014 found that the chance of all the subpopulations going extinct was less than one percent. This data will be part of the information used by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to make a decision on removing the bear from the threatened species list.
 
Louisiana black bear recovery benefited from state and federal protection of the bears, a reintroduction project and habitat recovery aided by the US Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve and Wetlands Reserve Program.
 
To view the full Louisiana Black Bear Management Plan, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-black-bear-management-plan .  Comments on the plan will be accepted through March 6, 2015 and should be sent to mdavidson@wlf.la.gov or
 
Maria Davidson
LDWF Wildlife Division
5652 Hwy 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
 
For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 337-948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov or Robert Gosnell at 225-763-5448 or rgosnell@wlf.la.gov .
 
The Louisiana 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.
 

REVISED AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 02/04/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed:

          

1.       Roll Call

 

2.       Approval of Minutes of January 8, 2015

 

3.       Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

 

4.       To Hear Enforcement Reports January 2015

 

5.       To hear the Stock Assessment reports for Striped Mullet, Black Drum, Southern Flounder, and Sheepshead 

 

6.       To consider final approval of the Notice of Intent for the Catch and Cook program

 

7.       To consider  amending the Notice of Intent for the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program Crab Gear Requirements

 

8.       To hear public comment updates on the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons Notice of Intent

 

9.       To consider amending the Notice of Intent for the Deer Management Assistance Program

 

10.    To Hear a Presentation of LDWF’s Louisiana Black Bear Management Plan

 

11.    Set June 2015 Meeting Date

 

12.    Receive Public Comments

 

13.    To consider holding an executive session, pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(10), to discuss the Louisiana Legislative Auditor confidential  preliminary report on Louisiana Oyster Lease Practices.”

 

14.    To consider a response to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor confidential preliminary report on Louisiana Oyster Lease Practices

 

15.    Adjournment

 

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LDWF Agents Investigating Trees Cut Down on Spring Bayou WMA

Release Date: 02/03/2015

LDWF Agents Investigating Trees Cut Down on Spring Bayou WMA

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

After receiving a tip, LDWF Enforcement Division agents found up to 16 trees cut down on the WMA in early December of 2014.  Agents believe the trees were cut down to block navigation to the northern part of the WMA in order to keep other hunters out of the area.

Agents found the trees cut down crossing a canal that connects Cocodrie Bayou to Bayou de la Bay on the WMA.  The trees ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches to diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

LDWF is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding these cut down trees should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day.   Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.

The penalty for cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage of state property and brings up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.  There may also be a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees and cleanup required.

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

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 02/02/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed: 

1.  Roll Call

 

2.  Approval of Minutes of January 8, 2015

 

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

 

4.  To Hear Enforcement Reports January 2015

 

5.  To hear the Stock Assessment reports for Striped Mullet, Black Drum, Southern Flounder, and Sheepshead 

 

6.  To consider final approval of the Notice of Intent for the Catch and Cook program

 

7.  To consider  amending the Notice of Intent for the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program Crab Gear Requirements

 

8.  To hear public comment updates on the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons Notice of Intent

 

9.  To Hear a Presentation of LDWF’s Louisiana Black Bear Management Plan

 

10.  Set June 2015 Meeting Date

 

11.  Receive Public Comments

 

12.  To consider holding an executive session, pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(10), to discuss the Louisiana Legislative Auditor confidential  preliminary report on Louisiana Oyster Lease Practices.”

 

13.  To consider a response to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor confidential preliminary report on Louisiana Oyster Lease Practices

 

14.  Adjournment

 

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Galliano Man Cited for Black Drum Fishing Violations

Release Date: 02/02/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a Galliano man for alleged fishing violations on Jan. 31 on the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Senior Agent Michael Marques cited Rufino Gonzalez-Ibarra, 34, for taking and possessing over the legal limit of black drum, possessing undersized black drum and possessing undersized red drum.

While on patrol, Senior Agent Marques found Gonzalez-Ibarra in possession of 26 black drum and one red drum, all of which were under the minimum size of 16 inches.  The legal limit for black drum is five per person per day making Gonzalez-Ibarra four times over the legal limit.

Possessing over the legal limit of black drum and possessing undersized black drum and red drum each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

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

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 01/30/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
     
  2. Approval of Minutes of January 8, 2015
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement Reports January 2015
     
  5. To hear the Stock Assessment reports for Striped Mullet, Black Drum, Southern Flounder, and Sheepshead 
     
  6. To consider final approval of the Notice of Intent for the Catch and Cook program
     
  7. To consider  amending the Notice of Intent for the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program Crab Gear Requirements
     
  8. To consider a Notice of Intent for 2015-16 Season Dates and Rules/Regulations for the Game and Fish Preserves
     
  9. To hear public comment updates on the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons Notice of Intent
     
  10. To Hear a Presentation of LDWF’s Louisiana Black Bear Management Plan
     
  11. Set June 2015 Meeting Date
     
  12. Receive Public Comments
     
  13. To consider holding an executive session, pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(10), to discuss the Louisiana Legislative Auditor confidential  preliminary report on Louisiana Oyster Lease Practices.”
     
  14. To consider a response to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor confidential preliminary report on Louisiana Oyster Lease Practices
     
  15. Adjournment

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