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L.D.W.F. News Release

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $18,000 in Rewards in 2013

Release Date: 02/12/2014

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $18,000 to diligent citizens statewide in 2013.

The LOGT board met three times in 2013 and reviewed a total of 41 cases.  A total of 68 subjects were apprehended and a total of 294 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $342,700 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted mostly of turkey, deer and alligator violations.

“We depend on LOGT and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts.  “LOGT provides the incentive for the public to come forward, which is the cash rewards offered for information leading to arrests in these 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.

LDWF, OSP and La. Hunters for Heroes Provide Rabbit Hunt Experience for Soldiers at Ben Lilly Conservation Area Feb. 8

Release Date: 02/10/2014

LDWF, OSP and La. Hunters for Heroes Provide Rabbit Hunt Experience for Soldiers at Ben Lilly Conservation Area Feb. 8

Feb. 10, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Office of State Parks (OSP) and Louisiana Hunters for Heroes (LHH) pooled community resources this past weekend to provide a rabbit hunt experience for US Army personnel in appreciation for their service to country.
 
The Feb. 7-8 event included meals and accommodations for the servicemen at Chemin-A-Haut State Park near Bastrop. LDWF provided the servicemen and hunt coordinators access to the recently acquired Ben Lilly Conservation Area, which is adjacent to the state park.
 
“We are proud to have been a part of this event and grateful to the staff at Chemin-A-Haut for the accommodations provided for these dedicated Americans,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
 
LHH coordinated arrangements for participating soldiers and sponsor support to cover the cost of the weekend for the servicemen who have served or who are currently serving in the US Army. The hunt included 13 soldiers in the warrior transition unit, nine from Fort Polk in Louisiana and four from Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
 
This effort was made possible by the cooperative efforts of all involved to give these soldiers an all expenses covered outdoor weekend as a token of appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made to defend this country,” said LHH’s Donnie Vocker.

Contributing sponsors included the Bartholomew Dutch Oven Club, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Atomic Ink, Cabela’s, Coca-Cola, JPS Equipment, Pro Foam, House of Raeford, Hixson, Lane Rugg, Wayne Martin, Perry and Sons, Roger Herring, Travis Holley, Eyre Motor Service, Zane Tubbs, Venoy Kinnard, National Wild Turkey Federation, Wilderness Acres, Mer Rouge Bank, Med Life, Spotted Dog Sporting Goods, McCain Farms, Parker Paper, Rimcon, Bastrop Daily Enterprise, North Monroe Baptist Church at Bastrop and Golden Funeral Home.
 
Louisiana Hunters for Heroes is a non-profit dedicated to giving back to the wounded veterans of our great country's military by introducing service men and women to the joys of hunting and the great outdoors. Visit the organization’s website at http://www.lahuntersforheroes.wordpress.com .

For more information on future LHH events, contact Donnie Vocker at (318) 278-2909 or lahuntersforheroes@gmail.com.  LDWF contact, Bo Boehringer, ph. 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.
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Photo caption: La. Hunters for Heroes Feb. 8 event participants representing the US Army (left to right): front row – Daniel Cothern, Landy S. Fitzsimmons, Wendy F. Major, Roy. P. Blake; row 2 – Phillip L. Whitty, Jeffery K. Leger, Kelly Yelton, Shane M. Carmouche, Rodger A. Benton, Richard M. Parker; row 3 – Lloyd Stenglein, Steven K. Keller. [Not shown in photo – Carol Benton]
 

 

WMA Forest Management Prescriptions Available for Review

Release Date: 02/10/2014

Feb 10, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ draft forest management prescriptions for five Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are now available for review on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma-forest-management-prescriptions .

The prescriptions, which describe existing forest conditions and proposed habitat management treatments, include areas on Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Dewey Wills, Grassy Lake and Loggy Bayou WMAs.  The documents detail proposed methods to improve, maintain and sustain wildlife habitat, provide quality wildlife-oriented recreational improvements, and grow quality timber resources for the long-term.

Each document includes a description of the area to be addressed within each WMA, the current condition of each forest type found within the compartment, the soil types and hydrology of the area and wildlife habitat conditions.  Plans also include management objectives, management concerns and how areas of concern will be addressed to enhance or sustain the forest and wildlife habitat.  Appropriately prescribed and implemented timber harvest is often the most feasible means to manipulate forest habitat for the short and long term sustainable management of wildlife. 

LDWF is asking that any comments on the plans be as specific as possible and provided by March 15, 2014.

Comments can be made in writing to Donald Locascio at LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or dlocascio@wlf.la.gov .

 

LDWF Seeking Leads for Whooping Crane Shootings

Release Date: 02/07/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are looking for leads regarding two whooping cranes that were found shot in Jefferson Davis Parish this morning, Feb. 7.

The whooping cranes were found and recovered near the corner of Compton Road and Radio Tower Road just north of Roanoke about five miles north of Interstate 10.  Agents found a shot and killed female whooping crane and a shot and injured male whooping crane.

LDWF personnel were able to retrieve the injured male crane and will transport it to LSU for examination.  It appears at this time to have an injured wing suffered from the shot.  Agents believe that the birds were shot with bird shot sometime yesterday, Feb. 6.

“Anytime we lose one of these cranes it sets us back in our efforts to restore the whooping crane population back to its historic levels in Louisiana,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “These were once native birds to Louisiana and the department would like to see these cranes thrive again in the future with a sustainable population.”

LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program is offering up to a $1,000 reward for any information about this illegal shooting that leads to an arrest.  To report any information regarding this whooping crane shooting, please call 1-800-442-2511.

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

Shrimp Task Force Management Committee Meeting

Release Date: 02/07/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Management Committee Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, February 13, 9:30 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, Louisiana 70360

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  New Business

     A.  2014 Draft Legislation- Skimmer  Net Configuration

III.  Public Comment

IV.  Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in joining the meeting via Webinar register at the following link, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2978218915153934082

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 inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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Commission Approves Revisions to Notice of Intent for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Area 4 Deer Hunting Seasons

Release Date: 02/07/2014

Feb. 7, 2014 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today adopted an amended notice of intent for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons, specific to Area 4.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the amendment that added language to prevent the overlap of “still hunt only” and the opening of “with or without dogs” seasons for the first weekend of December when there are five Saturdays in November.  This amendment removes any potential conflicts arising from having the two seasons open at the same time, without the loss of “either sex” opportunities for hunters.

To view the full, amended notice of intent, visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items . Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings through April 3. Comments will also be accepted by mail sent to Steve Smith, Wildlife Division, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 9800, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898-9000 or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. Visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Steve Smith @ 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

 

LEEC and Playmakers Partner to Provide Environmental Education Play

Release Date: 02/06/2014

Feb. 6, 2014 -- The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has an exciting offer for selected K-5 schools. Playmakers of Baton Rouge has partnered with LEEC to create and present an educational play focusing on watersheds. This play will be offered to selected underserved schools in Louisiana free of charge!

Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Inc. (playmakersbr.org) is Louisiana’s only professional theatre dedicated to bringing quality live theatrical productions to young audiences across the state. Founded in 1982, Playmakers is proud to continue providing excellent educational and entertaining opportunities to thousands of children and adults, through the annual Summer Neighborhood Tour, Spring Elementary School Tour, Drama Classes and Camps, Season Productions including Youth Company productions, and the Wally Wise Guy Educational Safety Mini-Tour.

Playmakers is staging a sneak preview performance at the Environmental Education State Symposium in Shreveport on the evening of February 21st. Symposium attendees from schools across the state will be given priority to register their underserved schools for a live performance!  To find out more about this extraordinary opportunity go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.

Apply to have Playmakers of Baton Rouge perform at your underserved school at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/playmakers. For more information, contact Thomas Gresham, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator, at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/05/2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:30 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I. Roll Call and introduction of guests

II. Approval of meeting Agenda and  December 3, 2013 minutes

III. Financial Report-LDWF

IV. Old Business

    A.  Data Request- LDWF

    B. Derelict Crab Trap clean up

    C. 2014 legislation

    D. Marketing

    E. Sustainability

    F. Management

V. New Business

  1. Crab Strategic Plan- LDWF

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

To join the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5130825187738516226

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device 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.

 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/05/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, February 10, 2014, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of January 7, 2014 minutes and February 10 agenda

III.  Treasury Report

    A.  Oyster Tag Sales

    B.  LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

   A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)- LDWF/DHH Report

   B.  Enforcement   - (Sammy Martin)

   C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)-  February 4 committee report

   D.  Research – (John Supan)

   E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

   F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)- Worlds Largest Oyster Po-boy sponsorship

   G.  Health – (Lance Broussard)

   H. Sustainability- (LDWF)

V. Old Business

  A. BP Oil Spill Remediation

    1. Claims Process

     2. Public Reef Remediation

     3. Oyster Lease Remediation

VI. New Business

   A. ISSC meeting report

   B. Public oyster resource outlook- Al Sunseri

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq. The public is invited to attend.

To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9096181987475279618

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click here.

Two Louisiana Men Arrested for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/05/2014

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agent arrested two Louisiana men on Jan. 31 for alleged hunting violations on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

The agents were patrolling the NWR when they observed Duell S. Moreland, 23, of Monterey, walking down a trail shining a headlight in a searching manner.  Upon approaching Moreland with the aid of night vision, the agents identified themselves as police officers and told Moreland to do not move.  Moreland then attempted to run away on foot before being caught from behind by the agents.

The agents identified Moreland and learned that he is awaiting trial for the illegal killing of a black bear in Concordia Parish.  Moreland was found wearing a head light on his forehead, carrying a loaded crossbow equipped with a night vision scope, a loaded .444 rifle, possession of marijuana and another person’s deer tags.

The agents then went back to a nearby camp on private property where Moreland originated his illegal hunt from and found Ronnie Mason, 43, of Jonesville.  After further investigation, agents revealed that Mason is a convicted felon who was also illegally in possession of a firearm at the camp.

The agents also found a freshly killed untagged doe near the camp with several propeller cuts on its body.  An investigation revealed that while travelling to the camp Mason intentionally ran over the deer in his boat that was attempting to swim across Bayou Cocodrie.

Moreland was booked into jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, second offense of illegal possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods, and using archery equipment with illegal sights.  Mason was booked into jail for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Moreland turned himself into the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18, 2013, for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana Black Bear.

Possessing a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years in jail.  Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Second offense possession of marijuana carries a $250 to $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and using illegal sights each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason and USFWS Agent Mark Cupit.

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

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