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  • Wildlife and fisheries to consider early fall shrimp season

    July 20, 2015 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to consider open dates for the 2015 autumn shrimp season. That means the season will likely open before the commission's next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 6. At the commission's July meeting, Louisiana Department... more »
  • Louisiana's brown shrimp season to reopen in some areas

    July 17, 2015 4:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the brown shrimp season will reopen in parts of the Mississippi Sound. The affected areas will reopen Monday at 6 p.m. For a map detailing the areas currently open to shrimping visit here. In addition to the open waters of... more »
  • 2015 Louisiana dove season's first split to open Sept. 5

    July 8, 2015 8:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The opening split of the 2015 Louisiana dove season in the north zone will open Sept. 5 and run through Sept. 27 if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves date submissions by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Additional north zone splits for dove would be Oct.... more »
  • Louisiana reopens waters closed after 2010 oil spill

    June 10, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators have reopened state waters in the Gulf of Mexico that were previously closed because of oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in a news release Tuesday, said the 100-yard buffer from any shoreline in a... more »
  • State wildlife department launches text notification system

    June 9, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now offering a text message notification system for those interested in receiving recreational or commercial fishing news. Text message notifications will be sent regarding season openings and closures, regulation changes and meeting announcements. To sign up for recreational fishing text... more »
  • 5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling

    April 20, 2015 2:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well was finally capped after nearly three months, political and industry pressure mounted on... more »
  • Wildlife and fisheries remove over 400 abandoned crab traps

    February 27, 2015 3:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 50 volunteers helped round up more than 400 abandoned crab traps in border waters within Sabine Lake and adjacent bayous. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the Feb. 21 cleanup was conducted along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and focused on border... more »
  • Department of Wildlife and Fisheries graduates 15 new agents

    February 12, 2015 3:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is gaining 15 new enforcement agents. The department says the new agents graduate Thursday from the 6-month law enforcement academy. The department said in January that up to 24 more will begin training in May. Wildlife and Fisheries agents enforce... more »
  • Louisiana inshore shrimp season to close Thursday

    June 28, 2014 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State fisheries regulators say the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season in Louisiana will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday. The closure affects state inside waters extending from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line westward to... more »
  • Red snapper anglers' season cut from 11 to 9 days

    May 14, 2014 6:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal fisheries officials have cut this year's recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1. A NOAA Fisheries news release says the change was needed because the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council reduced the snapper quota... more »
  • Dead bear in Avoyelles Parish

    October 24, 2013 11:54 AM

    AVOYELLES, LA - State wildlife and fisheries officials are searching for evidence in the illegal killing of a black bear in Avoyelles Parish. On October 8, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was informed of the dead black bear in the woods near the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area.... more »
  • Reality TV lures out-of-state gator hunters to La.

    August 27, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Reality television may be bringing more out-of-state alligator hunters to Louisiana. State alligator program head Noel Kinler says licenses issued to out-of-state trappers are on pace to eclipse last year's record of 507. The 30-day season opens in eastern Louisiana on Wednesday and on Sept.... more »
  • Missing equipment found vandalized in Atchafalaya Delta

    July 30, 2013 12:01 PM

    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... more »
  • Longtime LDWF enforcement chief retiring

    June 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After more than 43 years working for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Col. Winton Vidrine announced his retirement as chief of the LDWF Enforcement Division. Vidrine rose through the ranks since he was hired in 1970, starting out with no uniform, his own pickup... more »
  • LDWF arrests felons for hunting violations

    January 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    HOLDEN - Wildlife agents said two Livingston Parish men arrested while hunting on New Year's Day were felons who should not have had guns. Agents arrested Bobby Sykes, 38, and Barry Gill, 46, both of Holden, for being felons in possession of a firearm. They were also cited for... more »
  • LDWF offers online renewal for commercial licenses

    December 26, 2012 6:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says commercial licenses can now be renewed online. People who have commercial licenses from the department can renew them at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses . Until now, commercial licenses could be renewed only by mail or in person at the department's... more »
  • Men cited for duck hunting violations

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents have cited two men for alleged hunting and boating safety violations along Highway 23 near Triumph in Plaquemines Parish. Earlier this month, agents cited Christopher Hicks, of Boothville, and Calvin Riggs, of Buras, for hunting migratory game birds... more »
  • Louisiana black bear hit, killed along US 90

    November 12, 2012 4:02 PM

    PATTERSON - A young female Louisiana black bear has been found dead along U.S. 90. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents say she probably was hit by a vehicle early Monday as she tried to cross the highway. Black bears are federally protected as a threatened species The Daily... more »
  • International Paper gives 2 reservoirs to LDWF

    November 5, 2012 5:09 PM

    BASTROP - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says International Paper is giving it two reservoirs that are popular recreational sites near Bastrop. The Bussey Brake reservoir is on about 2,600 acres and the Wham Brake reservoir about 5,500. IP Senior Vice President Tommy Joseph says the donation will... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to 8 fishing, oyster violations

    October 17, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 25-year-old Houma man arrested for alleged oyster and boating violations has pleaded guilty to 18 earlier charges. Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says Danny T. Billiot Jr. was sentenced to six months in jail and... more »
  • LDWF approves shorter deer season due to Isaac

    October 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials approved cutting hunting seasons in parts of Louisiana short because of Hurricane Isaac's effects on the deer population. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said flooding in Lake Maurepas Basin caused some adult deer to die, but wiped out an estimated 90... more »
  • Crews retrieve dead dolphin from Mississippi River

    October 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews retrieved a dolphin today found dead in the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge earlier this week. Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Search and Rescue team helped the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries retrieve the mammal from waters near the... more »
  • Dolphin found dead near Baton Rouge bridge

    October 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Wildlife officials said they will attempt to retrieve a dead dolphin discovered in the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge this week. A spokesperson for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the dolphin was reported yesterday near the Old Mississippi River Bridge, but they couldn't... more »
  • Maurepas Swamp WMA reopens after Isaac cleanup

    September 10, 2012 3:06 PM

    MAUREPAS - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area, which closed before Hurricane Isaac's landfall. The area in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes reopened Monday. The Hope Canal boat launch access road remains flooded and... more »
  • State re-opening three wildlife management areas

    September 7, 2012 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Just in time for the weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they would reopen three wildlife management areas which had been closed since before Hurricane Isaac hit the state. LDWF said Joyce, Manchac and a portion of the Pearl River WMA would open... more »
  • LDWF agents prepare for possible rescues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 28, 2012 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wildlife agents moved equipment and other resources into place in case they're needed to rescue people as Hurricane Isaac comes through Louisiana. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries set up several staging areas for equipment, where agents and boats can get fuel and supplies during... more »
  • LDWF stages agents, equipment across state

    August 28, 2012 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will once again play a lead role in any potential rescue work after Hurricane Isaac. The department has staged 50 agents and equipment at the Waddell Management area on Flannery Road. They are part of a fleet of 200 agents... more »
  • Flooding knocks LDWF offline

    August 14, 2012 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A broken water line knocked a state government agency off the internet this afternoon, potentially causing a problem for people who need hunting, fishing or boat licenses. A spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the broken line flooded their main office in... more »
  • LDWF patrols waterways for holiday safety check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    NEW ROADS - Wildlife and Fisheries agents spent Memorial Day enforcing boating laws. During routine boat checks, agents asked boaters to see sufficient life jackets, a fire extinguisher and the boat's registration. Last year, LDWF arrested more than 100 people for driving boats while intoxicated. more »
  • Teen accused of 2nd gator season violation

    May 28, 2012 3:34 PM

    OBERLIN, La. - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says an 18-year-old Basile man who is awaiting trial for allegedly possessing an alligator out of season has been arrested a second time on the same charge. Spokesman Adam Einck says an agent allegedly saw Michael R. Gaspard load a... more »
  • NOAA Fisheries boosts 2011 quota for red grouper

    October 31, 2011 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Over the next two months, commercial fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico can take more than twice as much red grouper from federal waters than an earlier limit allowed, and the bag limit doubles for recreational fishermen. Federal fisheries official Roy Crabtree says landings were... more »
  • No foul play suspected in LDWF Agent's death

    October 3, 2011 5:46 PM

    WEST FELICIANA PARISH - Sgt. Paul Stuckey, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agent found dead near the Old Ferry Landing Friday, was not the victim of foul play according to the West Feliciana Parish Coroner's Office. The coroner says the forensic autopsy, along with the results of other agencies' investigations,... more »
  • 2nd man's body found in Mississippi River

    July 25, 2011 5:14 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says search crews have found the body of a 27-year-old Livingston man whose uncle's body was found a day earlier in the Mississippi River near Donaldsonville. Spokesman Adam Einck says the body of Joshua Peters was pulled from the water... more »
  • Part of Atchafalaya Basin reopened to boat traffic

    June 13, 2011 4:32 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - Authorities reopened all boat traffic for a four-mile portion of waterways in the Atchafalaya Basin today. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had closed the area in St. Martin Parish on May 26 due to flooding from the Morganza Spillway. It stretched from the Henderson... more »
  • Groups threaten suit over sea turtle deaths

    June 1, 2011 2:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Conservation groups say they will sue the National Marine Fisheries Services and officials in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama unless they do more to protect endangered sea turtles. The groups said Tuesday that they want the Fisheries Service to stop all all shrimp trawling - at least during more... more »
  • L.D.W.F. investigating decapitated eagle

    April 5, 2011 2:12 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are on the lookout for those responsible for decapitating a federally protected bald eagle, and they're asking for your help. The eagle was found in a drainage ditch in Franklin Parish on Monday. Agents say the eagle was... more »
  • 10-foot alligator caught behind WBR home

    April 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    BUECHE - A woman in West Baton Rouge Parish found a large, scaly visitor when she went outside to enjoy her morning coffee. A ten-and-a half foot long alligator was crawling around in Skye Johnston's backyard. She believes the alligator came from a swamp across the street from her... more »
  • Group wants truck stop tiger removed

    November 23, 2010 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – An animal rights group has asked state officials to revoke a truck stop’s permit to have a live tiger named Tony on display. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a petition with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, claiming the tiger’s conditions and habitat at... more »
  • More La. waters opened to commercial crabbing

    November 8, 2010 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials opened parts of Mississippi River Delta to commercial crabbing today, after crabs in the area were tested and found safe to eat. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ordered the reopening of waters along the Delta that had previously been closed due to the... more »
  • More state waters opened to commercial fishing

    September 23, 2010 4:50 PM

    More fishing waters closed by the BP oil spill were opened today by Louisiana’s wildlife agency. Today the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ordered 559 square miles of state waters east of the Mississippi River be reopened to commercial fishing. That means only eight percent of state waters are still... more »
  • Study looks at state population of black bears

    September 21, 2010 10:52 AM

    The first-ever scientific count shows Louisiana's largest black bear concentration, in a northeastern refuge, had about 300 animals in 2008. State biologist Mike Hooker, who recently completed analysis of data collected from 2006-08, said nearly 50 sows and about 100 cubs were moved from the area during that period to... more »
  • LDWF: Latest fish kill also not tied to oil

    September 15, 2010 3:51 PM

    Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says low tide and high temperatures caused low oxygen levels that suffocated huge numbers of fish in Plaquemines Parish. Spokeswoman Olivia Watkins said Wednesday that department biologists found the fish kill had nothing to do with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The fish... more »
  • 17 admit to illegal shrimping at Sabine NWR

    September 3, 2010 10:18 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that 17 people have admitted catching large amounts of shrimp in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge and selling them commercially. It says that state wildlife agents staked out the refuge after getting numerous complaints. They watched the people catch more than the... more »
  • Locke declares fishery failure in La., Miss., Ala

    May 25, 2010 2:32 PM

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has declared a Gulf of Mexico fishery disaster for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The declaration would authorize emergency unemployment pay for commercial and charter fishermen if Congress approves President Barack Obama's proposal for such payments. The... more »
  • More fishing limitations from oil spill

    May 12, 2010 2:30 AM

    More fishing areas are off-limits in the wake of an oil spill now entering its third week. Another oyster harvesting area closed, bringing the total to 11. Tuesday's order from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals included areas 8 and 9, but the former has been closed since... more »
  • Oil spill shuts off more oyster harvesting

    May 11, 2010 2:00 AM

    The growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to affect Louisiana's seafood industry nearly three weeks after an offshore rig exploded and sank. Monday, the state's Department of Health and Hospitals closed oyster harvesting bed Area 13, effective at sunset. The area is west of the Mississippi... more »
  • La. wildlife workers take cleanup classes

    May 5, 2010 10:42 AM

    About 90 workers from the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries are taking oil cleanup classes in Baton Rouge. The classes teach safety procedures for cleaning oiled animals and removing beach debris. Workers must pass a test to take part in the oil spill response. Crews must wear safety... more »
  • NOAA closes fisheries

    May 2, 2010 2:51 PM

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put a stop to all fishing in federal waters nearest to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, for at least ten days, effective immediately. According to NOAA, the area is largely in Louisiana state waters at the mouth of the... more »
  • $3.2M in 2nd round of Katrina fisheries relief

    February 16, 2010 8:56 AM

    Commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and charter boat operators who got help from a $27 million disaster relief program after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may be getting a second check before long. A biologist with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that when the original program wrapped up last... more »
  • Dates set for derelict crab trap removal

    January 28, 2010 5:13 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says parts of the Barataria Bay estuary will be closed to crabbing for 10 days beginning Feb. 27 to remove derelict crab traps. The closure covers parts of Lafourche, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes, from 6 a.m. Feb. 27 through 6 a.m. March 8.... more »
  • LDWF wants you to eat more Asian Carp

    January 6, 2010 5:01 AM

    Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants you to eat lots of Asian carp - and to call them "silverfin". Inland Fisheries administrator Gary Tilyou says the state won't ever be able to eradicate bighead and silver carp, so officials hope to create a market for their meat. They can... more »

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