Release Date: 02/12/2008

Louisiana Operation Game Thief (LOGT) Inc., Louisiana's premier wildlife crimes- stoppers organization, held its 23rd Annual Meeting at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division headquarters in Baton Rouge on Jan. 26.

This private citizens group heard reports on 16 cases developed by LDWF enforcement agents during the fall of 2007 statewide.  The cases resulted in charges filed against 32 suspects for crimes involving deer, turkey, waterfowl, small game and fish.  A total of $7,900 was awarded to individuals who reported the crimes and provided information leading to apprehension of the offenders.  Cash rewards issued at the January meeting brought LOGT rewards paid in 2007 to $17,100 for information provided in 51 cases. 
The organizations member also elected officers for the upcoming year.  Tommy Hicks, of Shreveport, was elected President for 2008.  Rodney Richard, of Sulphur, was elected Vice President.  Ray Bordelon, of Mansura, was elected as Secretary and B. T. Chapman, of Baton Rouge, was re-elected to the office of Treasurer.  Members of the Board of Directors for 2008 are Earl Bodman, of Mount Ida Ark.; Bill Chapman, of Lake Charles; Ronald Coco, of Bordelonville; out-going President Mike Davis, of Choudrant; Betty Dugal, of Lafayette; Dr. George Dugal, of Lafayette; and Mark Dupuy, Jr., of Marksville.

According to LDWF Enforcement Division Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze, the members of LOGT are crucial to the department's wildlife conservation and protection mission.  "Operation Game Thief not only provides cash rewards for information we need to find the offenders, they track the cases through the courts encouraging the district attorneys and judges to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," he said.

LOGT's next quarterly meeting will be scheduled for early May at LDWF's Education Center in Woodworth.  Wildlife violations may be reported at any time of the day or night utilizing the LOGT toll free hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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