Release Date: 06/24/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four men on June 9 for multiple squirrel violations within the city limits of Turkey Creek in Evangeline Parish.

Gabriel Alexander Harvey, 18, of St. Landry, and Zachary Brent Elliot, 21, of Ville Platte were cited for hunting squirrels during a closed season and discharging a firearm within city limits.  Robert Paul Vidrine, 21, of Pine Prairie, was cited for possession of squirrel during a closed season.  Joshua Curtis Guillory, 21, was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits. 

Agents responded to a complaint of firearms being discharged in the Turkey Creek City Park.  Upon arriving at the city park, the agents met with an Evangeline Parish Sheriffs deputy who had the four subjects in custody. 

After the agents conducted an investigation, they recovered one squirrel and a 22-caliber pistol.  The agents revealed that Harvey and Elliot directly participated in the taking of the squirrel.  Agents found the squirrel in Vidrine's possession and agents discovered that Guillory discharged a firearm within the city limits. 

Hunting squirrel during a closed season and possession of freshly killed squirrels during a closed season each carry a fine of $250-$500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for discharging a firearm within the city limits is a fine set by the district judge based upon proximity of occurrence. 

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Senior Agent Ray Thomas.

For more information, contact Capt. Jubal Marceaux at 337-491-2580 or jmarceaux@wlf.louisiana.gov.