L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT AGENTS APPREHEND JENNINGS MAN WITH 44 TEAL

Release Date: 10/02/2006

Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited a man in Cameron Parish for an alleged violation of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act pertaining to the daily limit of teal.


Thomas E. Harelson, 50, of Jennings was cited on Sept. 25 for taking and possessing over the daily limit of teal. 


Agents were working the Grand Lake marsh conducting surveillance on duck blinds and heard frequent gunshots in the area Harelson was hunting.  Agents located the pond and duck blind Harelson was hunting in and discovered 44 freshly killed blue wing teal in the blind and pond.  The daily limit for teal is four per person.  The teal were seized and donated to charity.


Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are punishable by fines up to $5,000, jail time up to six months, or both.  The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Aaron Monceaux and Agent Derek Logan.


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2988.
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