Release Date: 02/26/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two St. Tammany Parish men on two separate occasions for alleged night hunting violations on the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Feb. 9 and 20.

Agents observed Douglas D. Danton, 30, of Pearl River, hunting non-game quadrupeds from a vessel on the Pearl River WMA on Feb. 9.  The investigation revealed Danton, a participant in the Coastwide Nutria Control Program, had illegally killed 37 nutria prior to his apprehension.  Agents also found in possession of three undersized red drum.  Agents seized 37 nutria, three red drum and a .22 caliber rifle.

On Feb. 20, agents cited Elwood A. Matherne Sr., 66, of Slidell, after he was seen taking non-game quadrupeds from a vessel at night within the boundaries of the Pearl River WMA.  Matherne, also a participant in the Coastwide Nutria Control Program had illegally taken 33 nutria prior to his apprehension. The 33 nutria and a .22 caliber rifle were seized.

Both Danton and Matherne were cited for taking non-game quadrapeds illegally, failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations and violating Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) rules and regulations by taking nutria from a vessel and at night.  Agents also cited Danton for possessing three undersized red drum. 

Taking non-game quadrupeds during illegal hours is punishable by fines of $900 to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  Failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations, violating LWFC rules and regulations and taking undersized red drum are each punishable by fines of  $100 to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.   

Agents participating in both cases were Sgts. Darryl Galloway and Chuck Strain, and Senior Agents Richard Clark, Joel Cromp, Keith Francis and Robert Larson.

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