Release Date: 03/07/2007

On March 1, 2007, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a West Baton Rouge Parish man for allegedly hunting rabbits during illegal hours.

Herbert Maze, 46 of Port Allen, was cited after agents received a tip that night hunting was taking place.  An investigation revealed 12 rabbits had been taken after legal hours ended and with the aid of a headlight.

Maze was also issued a civil restitution summons in the amount of $196.80 for the replacement value of the rabbits.  The 12 rabbits were seized and donated to charity.

The penalty for hunting rabbits during illegal hours or with an artificial light is a fine between $250-$500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Donald Salpietra and Senior Agent Jerry Stassi.

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