Release Date: 12/12/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Charles Parish resident on Dec. 3 for alleged hunting violations.  Christopher J. Morales, 25, of Montz, was cited for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and for hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents were on patrol near the east bank hurricane protection levee when they heard several gunshots.  Agents approached and observed Morales using the headlights of his vehicle to illuminate a small food plot.  The agents then watched Morales shoot several nutria from his vehicle. 

Morales was stopped and found in possession of a loaded .17 caliber rifle and 11 freshly killed nutria.  The rifle was seized and held as evidence. The nutria were seized and donated to local charity.

Hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle each carries a fine up to $500, or imprisonment up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Eddie Skena and James Gregoire.

For further information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or