LDWF News

LDWF News Release

Black Bear Found Dead in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 11/28/2012

Nov. 28, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in the Avoyelles Parish.

The Service just announced adding $5,000 to the reward to the $1,000 from the state for a total of $6,000.

A hunter alerted authorities on Nov. 27 about a dead black bear laying on an all-terrain vehicle trail on Avoyelles Parish School Board property located 20 miles northwest of Marksville.

LDWF and USFWS officials arrived on scene and found a male black bear approximately two years old and weighing about 100 pounds dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot and killed earlier in the day on Nov. 27.

Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Cash rewards up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals involved in this crime.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

"We have solved cases like this in the past with the public's help and we are again asking for any leads that might assist us in this investigation," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division."

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $25,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray and know a few simple rules.  If possible, a hunter encountering a bear should back away and proceed in another direction.  If a bear approaches, you should raise your arms over your head to appear larger and speak in a normal tone of voice to let the bear know you are there.  If the bear continues to approach, wave your arms and yell at the bear.  At this point a hunter could use bear spray to deter the bear's approach.

Hunters should also be aware that baiting deer with corn artificially concentrates bears near deer stands.  It is recommended that hunters either refrain from using corn for bait or use soybeans to reduce bear feeding activity.  Bear encounters can be reported to 1-800-442-2511.

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

Father and Son Arrested for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/28/2012

Nov. 28, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a father and son for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 20 in Avoyelles Parish.

Agents arrested Gregory S. Gautreaux, 44, of Turkey Creek, and his son Gregory R. Gautreaux, 21, also of Turkey Creek and booked them into the Avoyelles Parish Jail. 

Gregory S. Gautreaux was cited for selling deer meat, possession of an illegally taken deer, failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, hunting without resident hunting or big game licenses, careless operation of a vehicle and driving under a suspended license.  Gregory R. Gautreaux was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, failing to wear hunters orange, hunting on a wildlife management area (WMA) without a WMA hunting permit, hunting with a gun in a bow hunting area, illegal access of an WMA and no WMA self-clearing permit.

Agents were alerted on Nov. 20, 2012 by a tip from the public about a small red car parked on the Acadian Conservation Corridor WMA.  When agents responded they spotted an individual standing on the WMA holding a gun in a bow hunting only area.  When the subject observed the agents truck he went back into the woods.

At the same time agents observed the red car they got a description of earlier perform a U-turn on Interstate 49 and cut through the median to pick up the hunter on the WMA.  Agents stopped the car for the traffic infraction and identified Gregory S. Gautreaux as the driver.  After a few minutes, agents were able to apprehend Gregory R. Gautreaux in the woods.

Agents also located a loaded 12-gauge shotgun with buckshot near where they apprehended Gregory R. Gautreaux.  During the investigation agents learned that a six-point buck was sold by Gregory S. Gautreaux to Bryan K. Fontenot, 41, of Ville Platte for $80.  Agents were able to recover the deer meat and the rack.

Agents charged Fontenot for buying deer meat and possession of an illegally taken deer.

Selling deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Possession of illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, hunting without a WMA permit, hunting with a gun in a bow hunting area, illegal access of a WMA and hunting on a WMA without a self-clearing permit brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, and hunting without wearing hunter’s orange brings a $50 fine for each offense

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Careless operation brings up to a $180 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Driving under a suspended license carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Travis Huval, Scott Fontenot, and Gabe Guidry, and Senior Agents Ryan Faul, Jay Callegari, Steve Vidrine, Danon Maricle, and Brandon Fontenot.

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

Louisiana Women in the Wild Experience Successful Duck Hunt at Pass-a-Loutre WMA

Release Date: 11/27/2012

Nov. 27, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in conjunction with Cabela’s, held a lottery duck hunt for the Louisiana Women in the Wild-Hunting BasicsWorkshop participants on November 17-18 at the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area. 

Six ladies arrived in Venice, traveled by boat to the wildlife management area and set out to experience their first duck hunt.  LDWF Education Section staff members served as guides for each of the participants.  All parties bagged birds that included gadwall, widgeon, scaup and coot.  More importantly, participants learned to recognize waterfowl habitat, areas to set up blinds, and became familiar with waterfowl flight patterns, duck identification and placement of duck decoys.  Cabela’s provided hunting items for each participant, ammunition, and food for the weekend.

Prior to the hunt, participants completed an eight-hour workshop focused on conservation, safe hunting and firearm skills, game basics, scouting/blood trailing, rifle and shotgun shooting techniques, and archery.  In addition, tree stand safety, duck hunting, and game cleaning demonstrations were provided.

During the 2012-13 hunting season, other workshop participants had the opportunity to be drawn in a lottery to participate in deer hunts on Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.  The goals of the program are to develop new hunters by providing women with limited hunting experience the basic skills and confidence they need to venture afield and become active hunters with their families and friends.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting many of Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on future workshops, contact Gene Cavalier at 985-882-9159 or gcavalier@wlf.la.gov, or Karen Crabtree at 318-766-8144 or kedwards@wlf.la.gov .

Tags:

Aerial Spraying of Giant Salvinia on Toledo Bend to Begin Thursday

Release Date: 11/26/2012

Nov. 26, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has contracted two days of an aerial herbicide application to control 800 acres of giant salvinia growth on Toledo Bend beginning Thursday, November 29.  Efforts will concentrate on shallow backwater areas void of trees, and a follow-up herbicide spray via airboats will address the remaining tree-filled waters and edges of the treatment area.

Giant salvinia is a free floating plant that does not attach to the soil, but instead remains buoyant on the surface of a body of water.  It was first discovered on Toledo Bend in 1998 and was the first established population of the plant in Louisiana. 

The recent drought and resulting extremely low water levels helped to keep giant salvinia growth at a minimum. However, water levels are beginning to return to normal, providing lots of open water for the plants to reproduce.  Backwaters and marsh areas on the extreme north end of the lake contain large quantities of the plant, and changes in wind direction and rain can push the plants out into the main lake where it can reproduce at an alarming rate. 

With cooler temperatures moving in, results may be delayed, but the overall effectiveness of the herbicide will not be impacted. Results are expected within three days, but it could take up to three weeks for the plants to completely sink. 

None of the herbicides to be used are harmful to lake ecosystems, animal life or humans, and are approved by the EPA.  Activities will not be restricted on the lake, but notices indicating the areas to be sprayed will be posted at all boat ramps in the area.  Department personnel will also be on hand to ensure no boaters are in the areas to be sprayed. 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting many of Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor 225-765-2396.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet November 28

Release Date: 11/26/2012

November 28, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Office

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans, La. 70122

 

I. Call to order and introduction of guests

II. Adoption of the Agenda

III. Opening Remarks by Executive Director

IV. Chairman’s Update
     A. Evaluations by executive committee
     B. Staff Recognition

V. History of LSPMB (Mike Voisin)

VI. Executive Session pursuant to La. R.S. 42:17(A)(4)

VII. Memorandum of Understanding

VIII. Reading and approval of minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting on June 12, 2012 and Special Meeting on September 7, 2012

IX. Reports
     A. Treasurer’s Report through October 31, 2012
          i. Finance Committee Report
          ii. Recommendation to adopt FY 2014 statutory budget
         iii. BP 1st Quarter FY 2013 Report
          iv. All other committee recommendations will be discussed in Item VIII(A)
     B. Marketing/Sponsorship Committee Report
          i. Recommendation to adopt FY 2013 BP sponsorship budget
          ii. Recommendation to adopt FY 2014 BP budget with amendments to allocation
          iii. All other committee recommendations will be discussed in Item VIII(A)
     C. Executive Director’s Report (Ewell Smith)
         i. Update on Act 852 of the 2012 Regular Session
         ii. Update on Louisiana Board of Ethics

X. Old Business
    A. Seafood Marketing Campaign Update (Ewell Smith)
         i. Board adoption of FY 2012 Performance Metrics
         ii. Board adoption of FY 2013 Action Plan
        iii. Board adoption of 2013 Media Plan
        iv. Board adoption of Campaign Continuity Plan
            1. LSU SeaGrant Proposal (per Finance Committee Recommendations)
        v. GCR (Dan Austin, GCR Consulting)
            1. Task Force Survey requested by the Board June 12, 2012
        vi. The Food Group (Mark Cotter, The Food Group)
       vii. Graham Group (George Graham/Kathy Anderson, Graham Group)
   B. Board approval to pay New Orleans Hornets Invoice for 3rd year of the 3-year sponsorship
   C. Board approval to pay New Orleans Saints Invoice per contract executed between LDWF and New Orleans Saints (Ewell Smith)

XI. New Business
    A. Partnership for Hurricane Sandy response

XII. Public comment

XIII. Adjourn

Tags:

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Next Week in Houma

Release Date: 11/21/2012

November 21, 2012 – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet next Tuesday, November 27, at 1:00 p.m.  in Houma in the Terrebonne Parish Council Meeting Room, located on the 2nd Floor Government Towers at 8026 Main Street Houma, LA

The agenda is as follows:

I.  Status of increase of skimmer size legislation

II  TED legislation update

III.  Update on experimental permits for boom trawls

IV.  Discussion of enhancing management opportunities

V.  Update from Seafood Board

VI.  Louisiana Seafood Academy Discussion – SeaGrant

VII.  Update on Louisiana Certified Seafood program

VIII.  Discussion of Fisheries Improvement Plan

IX.  Public comment

X.  Set next meeting date

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Tags:

Aerial Spraying of Giant Salvinia on Lake Bistineau to Begin Tuesday

Release Date: 11/20/2012

(Nov. 20, 2012) -Helicopters are expected to be hovering over Lake Bistineau in the near future for a periodic, aerial herbicide spray to treat giant salvinia.  LDWF has contracted two days of helicopter spraying to control plants in the large, open areas starting Tuesday, November 27.  Following the aerial treatment, airboats will concentrate on those areas with thick concentrations among dense cypress tree stands. 

The aerial spraying will be applied to selected areas where giant salvinia growth is particularly heavy.   “A helicopter will be used to spray herbicide on approximately 800 acres of giant salvinia,” explained LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Coordinator Alex Perret.  “Areas that will be treated include the southern portion of the lake, which has recently experienced a surge in growth.  Most of the large mats are located on the western side of the lake.”

The heavier concentrations of were restricted to the northern portion of the lake.  However, heavy rains have pushed the plant material over a Department-installed control boom into the southern portion of the lake, which is relatively open.  With nothing to restrict the plant’s reproduction, growth exploded in these open areas.  Fortunately, these large mats are easily treated in open waters.

With cooler temperatures moving in, results may be delayed, but the overall effectiveness of the herbicide will not be impacted. Results are expected within three days, but it could take up to three weeks for the plants to completely sink. 

None of the herbicides to be used are harmful to lake ecosystems, animal life or humans, and are approved by the EPA.  Activities will not be restricted on the lake, but notices indicating the areas to be sprayed will be posted at all boat ramps in the area.  Department personnel will also be on hand to ensure no boaters are in the areas to be sprayed. 

Giant salvinia is a free floating plant that does not attach to the soil, but instead remains buoyant on the surface of a body of water.  The invasive, aquatic plant was discovered on Lake Bistineau in February of 2006 and has the potential to double in biomass every three to five days. 

 The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting many of Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor 225-765-2396.

Tags:

Maurepas Swamp WMA Small Game and Waterfowl Hunting Will Be Open Nov. 23-25

Release Date: 11/20/2012

Nov. 20, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that small game and waterfowl hunting on Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area will be open Nov.  23-25, 2012.

Small game and waterfowl hunting is usually closed on the WMA during the three days after Thanksgiving each year for the first segment of the either-sex modern firearm deer season.  However, the 2012-13 deer season on Maurepas Swamp WMA was revised due to Hurricane Isaac impacts, and all firearm deer hunting on the WMA will be bucks only.

The Maurepas Swamp WMA deer season, revised by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Oct. 4, is as follows:

  • Archery Season - no change
  • Youth, Bucks only: Nov. 3-4 (2 days)
  • Bucks only, modern firearms, mandatory check: Nov. 23 (1 day)
  • Bucks only, modern firearms: Nov. 24 – 25 (2 days)
  • Bucks only, modern firearms: Dec. 22 – 28 (7 days)
  • Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 14 – 20 (7 days)

For more information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

Tags:

Waddill Outdoor Education Center to Be Closed Nov. 22-26

Release Date: 11/20/2012

Nov. 20, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge will be closed from Nov. 22 through 26 for the Thanksgiving holidays.

The facility, located at 4142 North Flannery Road, will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 27 for public use at 7:30 a.m. Access to the site is free of charge during the normal hours of operation, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on the programs and facilities available at Waddill, contact Bradley Breland at 225-274-8192or bbreland@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Tags:

Oyster Season To Close In Hackberry Bay

Release Date: 11/15/2012

November 15, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the oyster season will close this Sunday, November 18, at one-half hour after sunset in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) located in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes.  Protection of the remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.

This small public oyster area historically holds a limited oyster supply.  Harvest pressure since the October 29 season opening has provided the industry with an estimated 4700 sacks of oysters.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

For more information please contact lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623

 

Tags:
Syndicate content