Missing equipment found vandalized in Atchafalaya Delta
BATON ROUGE - Investigators with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said they're looking into two acts of vandalism which damaged a bulldozer and utility vehicle at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.
They said both pieces of equipment was noticed missing from the Big Island area on July 24. Staff members found them later that evening buried in mud and stuck in a ditch.
They said the equipment was last seen on July 19, and must have been damaged between then and July 24 when they were noticed missing. Investigators didn't have an estimate for how much damage was done, and noted that Big Island is only accessible by boat.
LDWF is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anybody who volunteers information which leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with tips can call Operation Game Thief's toll free hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or text LADWF and their tip to 847411. You can also download the LADWF Tips iPhone and Android apps free of charge.