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  • State delays drawdown of False River

    September 8, 2016 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is delaying a drawdown on False River because of recent flooding in the area. Project engineers say they expect no adverse effects from flooding, but they recommend delaying the drawdown as a precaution. The move was originally set to begin... more »
  • LDWF reports rescue of 500 people, 100 animals

    August 13, 2016 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wildlife and Fisheries agents reported they’ve rescued nearly 500 people along with more than 100 animals since Friday. Search and rescue operations have continued through Saturday morning as rainfall has continued to fall and rivers rise. LDWF released the following by parish rescue totals: ... more »
  • 2016 spring inshore shrimp season closes Monday

    July 29, 2016 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close Monday in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur (SHAN"-dur-lear) Sounds. This action closes shrimping in the open waters of the Mississippi Sound.... more »
  • 2 alligators removed from area near boat launch in Kenner

    June 16, 2016 4:08 PM

    KENNER - Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents removed two alligators - one 6-feet long and the other 8-feet long - from the area near a pump station in Jefferson Parish, according to WGNO-TV in New Orleans. “Because of the national news regarding alligators, we didn’t want anyone to... more »
  • Sunset man accused of killing alligator out of season

    June 14, 2016 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement division agents have cited a 49-year-old Sunset man for allegedly killing an alligator during a closed season. The department said in a news release, agents cited Kenneth Arceneaux for taking or possessing an alligator during a closed season and intentional... more »
  • No license required! Fish without a license this weekend

    June 10, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Louisianans and non-residents can participate in this year's free fishing weekend on June 11-12. Free fishing weekend provides an opportunity for anglers to fish without a fishing license on any of the state's public waters. The department hopes the... more »
  • Wildlife and Fisheries seeking new agents

    June 8, 2016 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is looking for people who want to be field agents. It's taking applications through June for up to 23 cadets. The six-month class begins in September at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. The Law Enforcement Division's head,... more »
  • Two whooping cranes killed, reward being offered

    June 2, 2016 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are looking for leads regarding two endangered whooping cranes that appear to have been shot and killed in Acadia Parish. The department said in a news release Thursday the cranes were found just south of Rayne off of... more »
  • 'Operation Game Thief' rewards total $16,800 for 2015

    February 1, 2016 4:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state wildlife department says it paid out $16,800 in cash rewards for information leading to arrests for violations of fishing and hunting regulations. The payments were made through a program called "Louisiana Operation Game Thief." The program led to 72 arrests. A Monday... more »
  • Body of missing boater recovered from Atchafalaya River

    November 3, 2015 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Search and rescue teams have recovered the body of a missing boater from the Atchafalaya River. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents and St. Martin Parish sheriff's deputies Tuesday recovered the body of 56-year-old William K. Seal, of Butte La Rose, around 8 a.m. about... more »
  • Rehabilitated, critically-endangered sea turtle released into Gulf of Mexico Play Video

    October 5, 2015 11:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Audubon Nature Institute, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, rescued, rehabilitated and released a critically-endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico last Wednesday. On July 15, LDWF was contacted by a concerned family fishing in the Gulf of... more »
  • Boat agents look to crack down on safety violators Play Video

    May 17, 2015 9:47 PM

    MAUREPAS - Boat agents are cracking down on safety violators this Memorial Day week after a dangerous start to the boating season. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries agents in Livingston parish said they've had five documented boat accident and one fatal just in the month of April... more »
  • Wildlife and Fisheries agents save drowning toddler Play Video

    May 13, 2015 6:46 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents were on regular patrol near the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish when they happened across the chance to to save a life. The attention of the LDWF agents was grabbed when they heard a woman beckoning for... more »
  • Wildlife agents help save toddler from drowning

    May 12, 2015 5:11 PM

    MAUREPAS - State wildlife agents helped save a three-year-old boy from drowning in a Livingston Parish swimming pool this weekend, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Spokesperson Adam Einck said Lt. Louis Burnett and Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. were in a boat patrolling Amite River... more »
  • Search for missing boater from Denham Springs enters day 5

    May 6, 2015 1:37 PM

    UPPER GRAND RIVER - Search and rescue crews in Iberville Parish are still combing the Upper Grand River and connected waterways as they look for a boater who fell in the water and disappeared on May 1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents said they continued to search... more »
  • Body of missing boater recovered from Bayou Manchac

    May 1, 2015 2:21 PM

    BAYOU MANCHAC - Search and rescue officials recovered the body of a missing Prairieville man from Bayou Manchac Friday morning. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents said they found the body of 23-year-old Allen Fitzgerald at around 8 a.m. about a mile... more »
  • State seeks info on who cut down trees in Spring Bayou

    February 4, 2015 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish. After receiving a tip, LDWF Enforcement Division agents found up to 16 trees cut down in early December. Agents believe the trees... more »
  • Sunset man accused of hunting from moving vehicle at night

    January 6, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 40-year-old Sunset man is accused of illegal night hunting, hunting from a moving vehicle, and hunting from a public road. Spokesman Adam Einck says agents arrested Allen W. Moreau on Jan. 3 in St. Landry Parish after he... more »
  • 2 men, 29 and 47, plead guilty in red snapper sale

    October 31, 2014 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says two Bridge City men have been ordered to pay more than $3,000 for illegal red snapper sales in Jefferson Parish. Spokesman Adam Einck says wildlife agents bought a total of 655 pounds of red snapper from 29-year-old Yoan Hernandez... more »
  • Agents arrest fishy fisherman after bayou boat chase

    October 21, 2014 3:38 PM

    BAYOU DECADE - Agents with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said they arrested a Houma man accused of trying to conceal his catch after a Terrebonne Parish bayou boat chase early Monday morning. Agents said they first made contact with Charlie Usè, 32, on Bayou DeCade south of... more »
  • Management area hunters to be chosen by lottery

    August 9, 2014 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for hunts to be held in several wildlife management areas during the upcoming hunting season. Hunters will be determined by lottery through a random computer drawing from the pool of applicants. Hunt opportunities will include deer, duck... more »
  • Joey Broussard new LDWF Enforcement Division head

    July 30, 2014 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 23-year veteran Joseph "Joey" Broussard has been named head of the Enforcement Division. The 55-year-old from Port Barre was also promoted to colonel. Broussard was chief of staff for Jeff Mayne, who recently retired as colonel of the Enforcement... more »
  • Coast Guard units crack down on impaired boaters

    June 26, 2014 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Coast Guard, parish marine units and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plan to increase awareness for boaters under the influence this weekend. The task to prevent impaired boaters is through Operation Dry Water, a nationwide campaign where to stop people from operating a boat... more »
  • Alligator drawn out by flooding Play Video

    May 28, 2014 6:48 PM

    PAULINE, La. - Flooding displaced a number of southeast Louisiana residents Wednesday, including a curious alligator in St. James Parish. News crews from WWL-TV said the alligator was in a parking lot near where they were filming, swimming around in the floodwater. State wildlife officials said people should... more »
  • Gray triggerfish season closes; red grouper limits

    April 30, 2014 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says recreational fishing for gray triggerfish will close in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and will remain closed until Jan. 1. The state is matching a closure in federal waters. NOAA Fisheries biologists said Wednesday the annual recreational catch... more »
  • $18,000 in La Operation Game Thief rewards in 2013

    March 3, 2014 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Louisiana paid $18,000 last year to tipsters who helped arrest 68 people accused of killing protected animals, poaching and other wildlife violations. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck says Louisiana Operation Game Thief reviewed 47 cases and gave rewards in 41... more »
  • Shot whooping crane euthanized

    February 19, 2014 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials said vets euthanized Wednesday an endangered whooping crane found shot earlier this month. The crane was being cared for at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine after it and a deceased female crane were found shot on Feb. 7. Vets said the surviving... more »
  • 10 whooping cranes released in south La.

    January 3, 2014 12:57 PM

    WHITE LAKE - Ten young whooping cranes have been released into the wild after spending nearly a month at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Gueydan. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the birds released Thursday will join 23 adult whooping cranes that are being monitored as... more »
  • Snares for hogs, coyotes caught 4 La. black bears

    December 31, 2013 3:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says snares set for hogs or coyotes caught four Louisiana black bears - three of them cubs - in recent weeks. The department tried unsuccessfully last year to require that snares in 15 parishes with significant numbers of bears include... more »
  • Miss. man arrested on timber theft charges in La.

    August 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says a Mississippi man is accused of stealing $14,500 worth of timber from a 76-year-old landowner in Washington Parish. The agency says 66-year-old Eugene Matthews of Tylertown was booked Aug. 9 in Washington Parish on charges of exploitation of the... 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 »
  • 15-hour search finds man lost in wildlife area

    July 22, 2013 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says search and rescue teams have found a man who had been missing more than 15 hours in a LaSalle Parish wildlife management area. Enforcement spokesman Adam Einck says 29-year-old John L. Paul Jr. was reported lost about 7:30 p.m.... more »
  • 6 Terrebonne Parish oystermen arrested

    June 19, 2013 10:50 AM

    HOUMA - Authorities say six Terrebonne Parish oystermen were arrested for taking oysters during a closed season. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested Hunter Daisy, of Theriot, Darren Billiot, of Theriot, and Rocky Rel, of Houma, on Friday on a charge of unlawfully taking oysters during a closed... more »
  • Ferriday man accused of possessing gators, drugs

    June 11, 2013 6:36 PM

    VIDALIA - A 37-year-old Ferriday man is accused of illegally possessing alligators and crystal meth, and of contributing to his son's delinquency. Michael P. Smith was arrested by agents who saw him and his son walking up a levee on Monday with a saw, a fishing pole and a black... 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 »
  • Rewards paid for tips in wildlife cases

    May 28, 2013 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's wildlife department says a program that pays rewards for tips leading to violators of fish and game regulations authorized $5,200 in rewards at quarterly meeting this month. The program is called Louisiana Operation Game Thief. It was begun in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information... more »
  • LDWF patches dam break affecting La. lakes

    February 5, 2013 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State fisheries workers patched a low dam meant to keep water high and fish well-stocked in central Louisiana. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said water levels in lakes Larto and Sabine will get higher once more rain comes through. Inland fisheries director Mike Wood... 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 »

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