Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six Lafayette men on April 15 for alleged federal violations.
Clinton A. Sepulvado, 22, Brad J. Guillotte, 20, Jason P. Thibodeaux, 20, Derek C. Guilbeau, 20, Dustin C. Guilbeau, 22, and Richard D. Ball, 19, all of Lafayette were each cited for taking non-game birds for which there is no season.
Agents responded to a complaint from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office. Upon arrival, the agents found that 21 tree swallows and one laughing gull had been shot and killed. They also found one laughing gull wounded by shot, which later died. Both species of birds are federally protected and cannot be legally taken.
The penalty for each non-game bird violation is a fine up to $15,000, jail up to one year and loss of hunting privileges.
Agents participating in the investigation were Sgts. Chris Carpenter and Travis Huval.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.