Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited three men on Oct. 27 for allegedly violating the Federal Migratory Treaty Act by taking mourning doves illegally on Tom Drive in Baton Rouge.
Kane C. Altazin, 37, and Justin Courrege, 21, both of Baton Rouge and Erick N. Hussein, 26, of Greenwell Springs, were cited for hunting migratory birds over bait and taking mourning doves by illegal methods. Altazin and Courrege were also cited for placing bait for the purpose of taking migratory birds.
Acting on a tip, agents conducted surveillance on several different days and were eventually able to film the illegal activity. A search of the Tom Drive business, where the three worked, revealed 44 doves held in a freezer and two freshly dressed doves, a bag of bait, two air rifles and dove decoys.
Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are punishable by fines up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to six months or both. The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Todd Lewis, Sgt. Paul Stuckey, Lt. Dennis Bueche and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Phillip Siragusa.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.