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  • Red snapper recreational season continues off Louisiana

    July 21, 2017 5:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says anglers have caught about 655,600 pounds of red snapper off the Louisiana coast this summer, and will be able to go after the fish again this weekend. The state is more than halfway to its self-imposed limit.... more »
  • Two found after going missing in swamps of West Feliciana Play Video

    June 5, 2017 10:21 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Two men were found after being stranded overnight in the swamps along the Mississippi River in West Feliciana. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it was notified around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday about the missing boaters. "When I found out they were missing... more »
  • Louisiana wants federal OK to expand red snapper fishing

    May 25, 2017 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana wildlife officials are proposing an experiment that could someday enable private recreational fishermen to catch highly sought Gulf of Mexico red snapper any time of year in federal waters. This year, the federal season for recreational red snapper fishing by individuals is only three days. Critics... more »
  • 23 new wildlife enforcement agents added to Louisiana ranks

    April 29, 2017 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has 23 new enforcement agents at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The latest class of cadets graduated after seven months of physical and academic training. They'll join other agents that enforce Louisiana's hunting, fishing and boating regulations. They also will do general law enforcement work... more »
  • Louisiana fisheries agency offers boating safety courses

    March 19, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering seven free boating education courses around the state this week. The effort is part of a national Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign. Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984, who... more »
  • Early season for pogie: bait company's freezer nearly empty

    March 4, 2017 11:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has declared an emergency so the state's one menhaden bait boat can begin fishing two weeks early. Louisiana Bait Products LLC officials say the emergency is that they've sold most of the 5,550 tons harvested last year, and don't want to... more »
  • Alabama releases red snapper statistics

    February 19, 2017 1:36 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama wildlife officials say the federal government is still overestimating the amount of red snapper caught in the Gulf of Mexico. A new report from the Alabama Marine Resources Division says a mandatory state reporting program estimates the state's charter boats and private recreational anglers caught about... more »
  • Louisiana sets 2017 recreational red snapper season

    January 28, 2017 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the 2017 recreational red snapper fishing season in state waters will begin on Feb. 1 and remain open until further notice. The season will run seven days a week, with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per... more »
  • Commercial king mackerel season to close Saturday

    January 20, 2017 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife and fisheries regulators say the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m. on Saturday. The closure announced Thursday was made based on data gathered by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service. They determined... more »
  • Kansas making new guidelines for handling wildlife pets

    January 14, 2017 11:44 AM

    TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas is working on new guidelines for how to handle situations where a wild animal is being kept as a pet after game wardens were criticized for shooting a family's pet deer. It is illegal in Kansas to keep a wild animal as a pet. Wildlife officials... more »
  • FAKE: Officials now say Tangipahoa Parish cougar was hoax

    December 28, 2016 2:26 PM

    TANGIPAHOA – The same day that officials said another cougar was spotted in the state, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the second sighting was a hoax. "It was a fake! Thanks to our friends at The Cougar Network, we have determined this is the same image of... more »
  • Mud boat operator dies after collision with tour airboat

    November 29, 2016 8:16 PM

    THIBODAUX - State wildlife and fisheries agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Lafourche Parish. It happened about 3 p.m. Monday near Mud Lake along Bayou Des Allemands after a swamp tour airboat from Airboat Tours by Arthur collided with a mud boat. The mud boat's operator, 35-year-old Bart... more »
  • Audit prompts 'complete internal review' of fisheries agency

    November 14, 2016 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's wildlife and fisheries secretary says he's ordered a "complete internal review" of his agency's operations. The move comes after auditors found questionable spending, missing state-owned property and shoddy management of finances in the past leadership of the department. Charlie Melancon, who took over the Department of... more »
  • Some SE La. oyster seed grounds added to Monday's opening

    November 11, 2016 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says some southeastern public oyster seed grounds will open a half-hour before sunrise Monday. A news release Thursday said The Lake Borgne/Mississippi Sound area will remain closed due to extensive oyster mortality and to protect a recent spat set. Drum... more »
  • Ag department warns of increased wildfire risk in Louisiana

    November 5, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is warning Louisiana residents that the state's wildlife risk remains higher than normal because of dry conditions. The state agriculture department says 19 parishes have enacted burn bans. And Strain says the increased wind and lower humidity expected to move through Louisiana is... more »
  • LDAF sets up animal care relief GoFundMe campaign

    August 18, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With devastating flooding impacting a large number of parishes in the state, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help assist the animal relief efforts underway in the state. To donate, visit the campaign’s GoFundMe page here . The fund collected... more »
  • 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 »

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