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LDWF Agents Rescue More Than 1,500 in Aftermath of Hurricane Isaac

Release Date: 08/30/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. - As of 9 a.m., Aug. 30, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents had rescued 1,537 people in St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes since yesterday afternoon, Aug. 29.

LDWF agents worked around the clock evacuating residents to higher ground from rising floodwaters.

Louisiana's Joint Information Center is placing photos from the search and rescue millions that took place in LaPlace yesterday afternoon and this morning online using the photo sharing site Flickr. These photos are courtesy of LDWF.

The following is a breakdown of rescues by parish.

  • St. John the Baptist Parish: 1,435 people and 131 pets using 50 agents with vessels
  • St. Tammany Parish: 60 people and one pet using 10 agents with vessels
  • Tangipahoa Parish: 42 people and 17 pets using six agents with vessels

"These agents have done a commendable job of working through very tough conditions and getting people out of harm's way to higher ground," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division. "Our agents are highly trained and prepared to handle these catastrophic events and have plenty of experience since Katrina. We will continue to handle search and rescue requests and respond to people that are in need of assistance."

Through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, LDWF is the lead agency for search and rescue operations during natural disasters. LDWF has over 200 agents with vessels at the ready to assist those in need during flooding conditions.

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

For emergency updates from the State of Louisiana, visit emergency.louisiana.gov or follow along on Twitter at @GOHSEP and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gohsep.

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LDWF Closes Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 08/28/2012

 Aug. 28, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish in advance of landfall of Hurricane Isaac.

With this closure, 27 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) and refuges are now closed until further notice.

In addition to the Rockefeller site, the following areas are also closed: The Acadiana Conservation Corridor, Atchafalaya Delta, Attakapas, Biloxi, Elm Hall, Grassy Lake, Hutchinson Creek, Joyce, Lake Boeuf, Lake Ramsey, Manchac, Marsh Island, Maurepas Swamp, Pass a Loutre, Pearl River, Pointe au Chenes, Pomme de Terre, Salvador-Timken, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou, State WMA, Tangipahoa, Thistlethwaite, Tunica Hills and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.

All areas designated as closed will remain closed until further notice.  For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

For more information contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Reminds Residents to Report Hurricane Isaac-Related Fish Kills

Release Date: 08/28/2012

Aug. 28, 2012 - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are reminding residents in areas that may be impacted by Hurricane Isaac that fish kills may occur as a result of the storm. Residents who encounter a fish kill are encouraged to report the kill immediately at 1-800-442-2511.

Large amounts of rainfall across Southern Louisiana may cause fish kills, particularly natural waterbodies surrounded by lands converted from forests to agricultural land. High levels of rainfall may erode organic matter, carrying it into bayous and canals connected to lakes. Organic matter may consume high amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water suffocating aquatic life.

Fish kills may also be caused by the rapid mixing of stratified waters or layers of warm oxygenated water over cooler anoxic water. In some instances, the result will be that the water can no longer support underwater life.  In the past, tropical storms and hurricanes have caused fish kills in these types of waterbodies.

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 Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

L.D.W.F. Providing Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on Private Land Leases and WMAs Sept. 1

Release Date: 08/28/2012

 

Aug. 28, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 1 season opening on leased private land and state wildlife management areas around the state. All hunting sites listed below are subject to closure however, due to Tropical Storm Isaac impacts on habitat which will have to be determined once the storm has moved through the state.

The 2012-13 dove season opens Saturday, Sept. 1 in the north and south zones and hunters have multiple options available. LDWF has leased private land in the following parishes for Sept. 1 only, from noon to sunset:

*Beauregard Parish, DeRidder -- 500 acres harvested corn and milo. Directions: Take Hwy190 West from DeRidder. The field is approximately 5 miles West of DeRidder on the North side of Hwy 190 just past Hwy 3226. Check in will be at the rice dryers. Contact Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 for more information. Maps will be available at the Lake Charles Office.

*Franklin Parish -- 110 acres harvested milo. East of Gilbert at the intersection of Hwy 4 and Hwy 572. No ATV’s.

*Grant Parish -- 180 acres harvested milo. Directions: 5 miles north of Boyce on La. Hwy 8. No ATV’s.

*Jefferson Davis Parish, Welsh -- 290 acre harvested rice field. Directions: Take I-10 to Exit 59 (Roanoke). Head North on Hwy 395, then turn West (left) on Blanchard Rd. Follow Blanchard Rd to Compton Rd. Field located on Southwest corner of Blanchard and Compton roads. Contact Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 for more information. Maps will be available at the Lake Charles Office.

*Rapides Parish – 90 acres harvested milo. Directions: 2 miles east of Lecompte on Hwy 457. No ATV’s.

The leased fields will be open to public dove hunting on Sept. 1 only and LDWF personnel will be present at the field to issue permits and monitor the hunt.  Hunters 16 years of age and older are charged $10 to hunt, while hunters 15 years of age and younger hunt for free. All hunters are required to obtain a permit on site. Permits will be issued at each site on a first come, first serve basis until each field is filled. 

Hunters 16 years of age and older must also have an appropriate hunting license with HIP certification. HIP certification is available from hunting license vendors at no charge. 

Additionally, LDWF provides public dove hunting opportunities on state wildlife management areas including: Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish; Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Clear Creek WMA, Vernon Parish; Elbow Slough WMA, southeastern Rapides Parish; Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish; Fort Polk WMA, Vernon Parish; Loggy Bayou WMA, Bossier Parish; Red River WMA, Concordia Parish; and West Bay WMA, Allen Parish.

For more information about public dove hunting opportunities, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove or contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

LDWF Closes Wildlife Management Areas in Advance of TS Isaac Landfall

Release Date: 08/27/2012

Aug. 27, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed 26 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) within the parishes of the anticipated landfall path of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Those WMAs include the Acadiana Conservation Corridor, Atchafalaya Delta, Attakapas, Biloxi, Elm Hall, Grassy Lake, Hutchinson Creek, Joyce, Lake Boeuf, Lake Ramsey, Manchac, Marsh Island, Maurepas Swamp, Pass a Loutre, Pearl River, Pointe au Chenes, Pomme de Terre, Salvador-Timken, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou, State WMA, Tangipahoa, Thistlethwaite, Tunica Hills and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. 

All WMAs designated as closed will remain closed until further notice. For a complete list of WMAs and locations, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma .

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.

For more information contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2350 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Postpones the Opening of the East Zone Alligator Harvest Season Due to TS Isaac

Release Date: 08/27/2012

 

Aug. 27, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the EAST ZONE 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season due to the impending landfall of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Aug. 29 opening in the East Zone has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1.

 

At this time, the West Zone alligator season is still scheduled to open on Sept. 5., pending assessment of storm impacts and the progression of alligator harvest in the East Zone. For a zone map and complete list of parishes within the East and West zones go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting .

 

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.   

 

For more information on alligator season, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or nkinler@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance Committee Meeting Canceled

Release Date: 08/27/2012

(Aug. 27, 2012) - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, at 9 a.m. in New Orleans has been canceled based on recent storm predictions.  The public will be notified when the meeting is rescheduled. 

 

For more information, contact Ashley Roth, Ashley@Louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

 

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LDWF Closes Elmer's Island Due to TS Isaac

Release Date: 08/26/2012

Aug. 26, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closing of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a hurricane watch for coastal areas of Louisiana. As a precautionary and preparedness  measure Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-721-0489.

[CORRECTION] EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF SHRIMP SEASON IN PORTIONS OF INSIDE WATERS WITHIN LAFOURCHE AND TERREBONNE PARISHES

Release Date: 08/24/2012

Shrimp Closure map

[This announcement corrects information contained within an earlier news release.] 

August 24, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, announced an emergency closure of the fall shrimp season in portions of inside waters within Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes beginning at 6:00 pm August 27 and ending at 6:00 pm September 10.

The closure includes state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche.

Recent biological samples taken by Office of Fisheries biologists in that portion of state inside waters to close indicate that large numbers of small sublegal size shrimp are present in these waters and the season is being temporarily closed to allow sufficient time for these shrimp to grow to marketable sizes. All remaining state inside waters shall remain open to shrimping.

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 Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

 

Three Men Charged with Hunting Violations

Release Date: 08/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged hunting violations on Aug. 16 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Tyler Goodwin, 21, of Ringgold, David Beard, 20, of Coushatta, and Jordan Northcutt, 22, of Hall Summit for hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road and hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours.

Agents received an Operation Game Thief complaint concerning these three men.  The landowner witnessed them shining a spotlight on his property.  LDWF agents responded and caught up with their vehicle as they turned into a residence.

Agents found the men in possession of a .223 and .22 rifle and a freshly harvested rabbit.

The penalty for each offense brings a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

If someone witnesses or has information concerning a violation, they should call Operation Game Thief's toll-free 24-hour phone line or use the department's tip411 program.  The toll free number is 1-800-442-2511.

To use the tip411 program, tipsters 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.  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.

The information is received by a Wildlife and Fisheries operator and immediately relayed to a wildlife agent who will investigate. If the information results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward.

Since the program began, more than $280,000 in rewards has been paid. Information provided by OGT informants has resulted in the apprehension of more than 700 violators who were convicted on a multitude of state and federal charges.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Charles Dison and Senior Agent John Blalock.

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

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