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  • LWF trying to catch elusive 'gator some residents say is too close to home Play Video

    March 29, 2016 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents living in the Springlake Bluebonnet Highlands area have spotted an alligator lurking in Lake Longwood. Wildlife & Fisheries has been called but have not caught the reptile. The alligator has been spotted for the last couple of weeks, since a big rain event. The Bluebonnet... more »
  • False River nearing more improvements to enhance wildlife Play Video

    March 24, 2016 5:34 PM

    NEW ROADS - The next step toward improving wildlife on False River is in the works as engineers look into how to bring trophy fishing back. Phase two of the False River restoration project is expected to begin after the summer and will focus on limiting siltation from the M1... more »
  • Feds find explosives, trenches, guns at Oregon preserve

    February 17, 2016 11:24 AM

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal prosecutors say investigators combing through an Oregon wildlife refuge occupied for nearly six weeks by an armed group discovered firearms, explosives and trenches dug near artifacts. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ethan Knight and Geoffrey Barrow also said in a court filing Tuesday that the FBI is concerned... more »
  • Hunters find casket in wildlife refuge

    February 14, 2016 1:11 PM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - Hunters in Mississippi found an intact casket in a wildlife refuge, and authorities returned it to its grave. Adams County Coroner James Lee says the casket apparently floated out of a family cemetery on the refuge during floods in January. He says he was called Saturday to... more »
  • Remaining Oregon occupiers say they want pardons

    January 29, 2016 5:55 PM

    BURNS, Ore. - A federal judge says she won't release from jail three of the main figures behind an armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman said at court hearings Friday for group leader Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne that they... more »
  • US wildlife officials decide on manatee status petition

    January 7, 2016 11:49 AM

    MIAMI - Federal wildlife officials will announce their decision on a petition to reclassify Florida's iconic manatees as "threatened" instead of "endangered." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon in Miami to discuss its review of the manatee's status. A Florida business group... more »
  • Congress backs bill banning microbeads in soap, body wash

    December 18, 2015 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved legislation banning plastic microbeads used in soaps, body washes and other personal-care products after complaints that the tiny beads were harming fish and wildlife. The measure prohibits the manufacture or sale of products that contain plastic microbeads as of July 1, 2017. Microbeads... more »
  • 11 more young whooping cranes arrive in SW Louisiana

    December 4, 2015 8:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Authorities say 11 young whooping cranes have arrived in Louisiana, where biologists hope to establish a self-sustaining flock. Tom Trester of Windway Aviation in Wisconsin says he flew with the birds from Maryland, where they were bred, to Jennings, Louisiana. State wildlife spokesman Bo Boehringer says they were... more »
  • Alligator torments Texas shoppers

    November 9, 2015 8:37 AM

    Houston, TX.- A massive alligator spent the weekend terrorizing some shoppers in Texas. Parks and Wildlife officials had to be called to remove the reptile from a Home Depot parking lot. The animal was so big it had to be lifted out of the shopping center with a forklift. Texas... more »
  • False River rehab project gets more funding Play Video

    October 2, 2015 6:28 PM

    NEW ROADS - The state plans to pour more money into improving the water quality in False River in Pointe Coupee Parish. Phase two of the project is now in the works after the State Bond Commission approved $350,000 for the project. People in Pointe Coupee Parish feel it is... more »
  • False River improvements almost finished Play Video

    September 4, 2015 5:49 PM

    NEW ROADS - Fishermen say wildlife is improving around False River due to efforts to improve water quality in the popular oxbow lake. In the past 10 months contractors have dredged and pumped silt to form an island on the south flat of False River. The 16.5 acres of silt... more »
  • 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 »
  • Louisiana black bear could move off threatened-species list

    May 20, 2015 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal and Louisiana officials say it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list... more »
  • Scared bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

    May 18, 2015 4:58 AM

    MARKSVILLE- A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home. State wildlife biologist Maria Davidson says the bear in Marksville is among three to five that... more »
  • Weak eagle rehabilitated at LSU, to be released Friday

    May 15, 2015 4:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State University's wildlife hospital is releasing a juvenile bald eagle brought in by a wildlife agent after Pierre Part residents reported that it seemed to be listless. Veterinary school spokeswoman Ginger Guttner says veterinarians plan to release it Friday at Lake Verret in Napoleonville. Guttner says X-rays... 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 »
  • Commercial fishing for large coastal sharks closed

    May 7, 2015 4:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in Louisiana waters. The National Marine Fisheries Service closed commercial fishing for those sharks in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week. The season will remain closed in state and... more »
  • Made in Louisiana: Decoy carvings Play Video

    May 4, 2015 9:09 AM

    COVINGTON- Decoy carving was one of the first American art forms and Louisiana has always been at the forefront of the timeless tradition. Richard Reeves, who was born and raised in Louisiana, has always had an interest in wildlife. He wanted a hobby to relieve the stress of his... 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 »
  • 3 cited for taking oysters from polluted area

    January 21, 2015 3:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife enforcement agents have cited three Golden Meadow residents for alleged oyster fishing violations near Bayou Blue in Lafourche Parish. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday that senior agent Thomas Wolf spotted a vessel harvesting oysters from the unapproved area Saturday. Wolf cited 58-year-old... more »
  • Man cited for deer hunting violations

    January 14, 2015 3:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife agents have cited a Coushatta man for alleged deer hunting violations in Red River Parish. The department, in a news release Tuesday, said 31-year-old Russell L. Long Jr. was cited for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting... more »
  • Levee work begins on False River Play Video

    November 24, 2014 5:03 PM

    NEW ROADS - Work has begun to build a ring levee on the south flat of False River to improve the water quality in the popular oxbow lake. Contractors started work on the ring levee Monday and hope to have it finished by the end of January. Another contractor... more »
  • Goose found shot with arrow

    October 12, 2014 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State officials responded to an injured goose that had been shot with an arrow Sunday. A passerby said he noticed the Canada Goose with its flock, though this one had an arrow protruding from its wing. It did not appear to be able to fly. Wildlife... more »
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday Play Video

    September 26, 2014 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day, and Baton Rouge is one of four cities in the state where you can celebrate. There will be plenty of activities to enjoy at Waddill Wildlife Refuge including kayaking, skeet shooting and even a fishing tournament. Once you work... more »
  • Trial underway in endangered frog habitat suit

    August 20, 2014 4:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. An estimated 100 to 200 dusky gopher frogs live in Mississippi, with... more »
  • Light up Louisiana at the Old State Capitol Play Video

    July 24, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A celebration of the sights of Louisiana opens today. The Louisiana Photographic Society is opening the "Light up Louisiana" art exhibit to celebrate its 60th year. The exhibit features photos from local artists that demonstrate the life, culture, natural beauty and wildlife of the Bayou State.... more »
  • Spring shrimp season nears end in some areas

    July 9, 2014 5:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana wildlife officials say the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will close next week in parts of the state. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. July 15 in the Terrebonne and Barataria Basins from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to... more »
  • LSU AgCenter working to poison feral hogs Play Video

    April 11, 2014 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With hogs running wild across the state, the LSU Agricultural Center is experimenting with a salt-based poison to decrease the feral hog population. Feral hogs cause $1.5 billion of damage each year across the southeastern United States according to the AgCenter, which also estimates around 500,000... more »
  • Monterey man pleads guilty in black bear death

    April 4, 2014 10:43 AM

    VIDALIA - A Monterey man has entered a guilty plea in the killing of a 14-year-old Louisiana black bear. Authorities said the female bear had been killed and burned. A collar that wildlife authorities had placed on the bear had been removed. The Natchez Democrat reports that 24-year-old Duell Moreland... 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 »
  • State working to restore False River fishing Play Video

    January 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    NEW ROADS - A council created by the state legislature is working to restore fishing in False River. Today the False River Watershed Council (FRWC) held an open house in New Roads to discuss progress to create fish habitats and plans to reduce silt in the oxbow lake. ... more »
  • Migrating pelicans having issues in Baton Rouge

    November 26, 2013 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Animal control agents have a mystery to solve: why are so many pelicans dying near the lakes? The birds stop here as they migrate south. Recently, five have hit power lines, have fallen to the ground and died. But, agents aren't sure if the birds are electrocuted... 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 »
  • Operations resume at National Wildlife Refuges in southeast La.

    October 17, 2013 2:21 PM

    Lacombe- Operations have resumed at National Wildlife Refuge facilities operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Southeast Louisiana. This includes all facilities at Atchafalaya, Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Breton, Delta, and Mandalay National Wildlife Refuges. Hunting, fishing, boating, hiking activities and... more »
  • Government shutdown puts a lock on the outdoors Play Video

    October 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Folks looking to tackle the outdoors in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge can't due to the government shutdown. Cat Island is located near the town of St. Francisville, which is just 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. It's run by the U.S. Department of the Interior,... more »
  • Ex-wildlife official sentenced for payoffs

    September 11, 2013 2:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former Louisiana wildlife official has been sentenced to six months of home detention for accepting payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses as a reward for trying to keep rival landfills closed. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also sentenced Henry Mouton to three years of probation,... 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 »
  • Louisiana black bear: new population stats

    August 5, 2013 4:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two new studies indicate that Louisiana black bears are gradually becoming more numerous, with the three main populations totaling about 500. Whether they can survive without federal protection is the topic of a third, incomplete study. The studies are being presented at public meetings Monday in Pointe... more »
  • Man arrested for wildlife vandalism

    August 5, 2013 11:43 AM

    MORGAN CITY - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials say an 18-year-old Morgan City man has been arrested for his alleged role in vandalizing equipment on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area. Authorities say Aaron LeCompte turned himself into St. Mary Parish deputies Friday and was booked on two... 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 »
  • Fire burns 295 acres at Sabine wildlife refuge

    July 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    HACKBERRY, La.- The manager of the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge says a grass fire has burned about 295 acres. Refuge Manager Terry Delaine (duh-LAYN) says it started Monday and was down to a few smoldering embers on Tuesday. He says Monday's weather was good, so it probably was started by... more »
  • Study urges spending on coastal restoration

    July 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study says wildlife tourism is a $19 billion industry along the Gulf Coast and urges states to focus spending of settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill on restoring sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others in business. The study, commissioned by the... more »
  • Reward in whooping crane death now at $15k

    June 27, 2013 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The reward for information in the April death of a whooping crane has risen to $15,000. State wildlife and fisheries officials said Thursday that several agencies, groups and individuals have joined together to push the reward from $10,000 to $15,000. The whooping crane, fitted with a GPS... 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 »
  • Lawsuit against Jindal considered over reef money

    March 13, 2013 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's appointees on the state's wildlife and fisheries regulatory panel are threatening to sue the Jindal administration. At issue is Jindal's continuing diversions of millions of dollars donated by oil companies to turn old drilling rigs into artificial reefs to instead pay for other items across... more »
  • Shrimp season to close in some La. inside waters

    January 16, 2013 7:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that fall shrimp season will close Friday in all state inside waters east of the Mississippi River - except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds. The department said in a news release Tuesday that it... 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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