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  • 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 »
  • 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 . 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 »
  • Second La. black bear killed in a week

    December 5, 2012 5:12 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - Wildlife officials asked the public for help finding the people responsible for killing a black bear found in Pointe Coupee Parish. It's the second bear shot and killed in the past week in Louisiana, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. According to... 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 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 »
  • Wildfire on Bayou Sauvage wildlife refuge

    July 27, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A wildfire is burning marsh grass on Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge north of Highway 90 near the Chico Lagoon in the Bayou Chevie Marsh. Authorities say the blaze is covering about 50 acres of the refuge in New Orleans. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ordered... more »
  • LDWF patrols waterways for holiday safety 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 »
  • Group files another truck stop tiger lawsuit

    April 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An animal rights group has filed another lawsuit against Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries seeking to have a tiger displayed at a Grosse Tete truck stop sent to a sanctuary. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accuses the department of breaking the law by letting truck stop... more »
  • WBRSO: Critter camera catches peeping Tom Play Video

    February 17, 2012 2:42 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Parish homeowner used a wildlife camera to catch a man peeking in on his wife while she was changing, according to sheriff's deputies. Deputies arrested Randy Thigpen this morning for peeping Tom charges and trespassing. Detectives said he was caught peering into... more »
  • Ex-La. official's sentencing moved to October

    January 4, 2012 4:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the sentencing of a former Louisiana wildlife official who pleaded guilty to taking payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses for his work in trying to keep rival landfills closed. Former Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Henry Mouton was scheduled to... more »
  • Monroe man pleads guilty to poisoning wildlife

    November 12, 2011 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says dozens of dead animals found in Ouachita and Richland parishes turned out to have been poisoned with insecticide, and a West Monroe man faces six months of house arrest after pleading guilty. Court records show U.S. District Judge Robert... more »
  • Suit filed over turtle excluder devices

    October 13, 2011 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several wildlife protection groups are suing the federal agency that regulates fishing in U.S. waters, claiming the government isn't doing enough to protect endangered sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Washington claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violates the Endangered... more »
  • Wildlife officials use robo-deer to catch poachers

    October 9, 2011 3:32 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY- State wildlife officials nationwide are using roadside robot deer decoys to nab unscrupulous hunters, and the program is expanding in states such as Florida and Utah. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Amy Canning says the state now has five robotic deer decoys. Canning says... 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 »
  • As high waters go down, wildlife areas reopen

    July 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- As the Fourth of July weekend kicks off, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it has reopened four wildlife management areas closed since May due to the high river waters that have flooded many parts of the state. The department says it has reopened all... 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 »
  • Wildlife floods Southern University's campus

    June 1, 2011 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's not unusual to find a snake or two on Southern University's campus, but since the Mississippi River has risen and filled nearby ravines campus police say the number of snakes has doubled. They estimate the number of raccoons is up by 20 percent, foxes by... more »
  • LDWF watching for animals in flood areas

    May 26, 2011 5:41 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS - Wildlife agents have seen herds of deer fleeing from high water due to the Morganza Spillway opening. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is using its mobile command unit to protect deer and other animals moving because of the flood. It is currently set up... more »
  • Jindal: Flood chasing animals out of swamps

    May 17, 2011 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for wildlife fleeing floodwaters. The governor said four bears have been seen in areas around the rising water, and that state officials anticipate an increase in snake bites as animals move... more »
  • People warned to watch for animals displaced by flood

    May 14, 2011 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As floodwaters move through Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are warning people to watch out for animals that may be forced into towns or cities. Wildlife officials said wild animals like deer, bear and alligators will be pushed out of their habitats by the... more »
  • Report: Effects of spill will unfold over years

    April 12, 2011 5:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new report by a prominent environmental group says the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico and the animals that live in it will take place over years, if not decades. The National Wildlife Federation says it is much too soon... 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 »
  • Breton refuge reopened after Gulf oil spill

    January 8, 2011 10:28 AM

    BRETON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. - After months of being closed to the public due to the BP oil spill, the Breton National Wildlife Refuge is open again. The refuge encompasses areas at the mouth of the Mississippi River and a chain of barrier islands in Chandeleur Sound. The U.S.... more »
  • Hundreds of birds found dead in western Kentucky

    January 5, 2011 3:43 PM

    MURRAY, Ky. - Kentucky wildlife officials say several hundred dead birds were found dead in the western part of the state. The grackles, red wing blackbirds, robins and starlings were found last week. New Year's Eve fireworks have been blamed for the deaths of thousands of blackbirds in central Arkansas.... more »
  • Hundreds of dead blackbirds found near New Roads

    January 3, 2011 4:30 PM

    LABARRE, La. - Around 500 dead blackbirds and starlings have been found in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to state wildlife officials. The birds were spotted lying in roads and ditches near Labarre Elementary School. The community is between Morganza and New Roads on Highway 10. Scientists from the... more »
  • LDWF gets $2.56M from BP for lost license fees

    December 21, 2010 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State wildlife officials have finalized plans for BP to pay $2.56 million to cover the money lost from the decline in fishing licenses and oyster tags after the Gulf oil spill. The agreement was finalized Monday after discussions between BP officials, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and... more »
  • 2 bald eagles killed in Plaquemines Parish

    December 9, 2010 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State and federal wildlife agents are looking for whoever killed two bald eagles near the Plaquemines Parish community of Phoenix. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says agents believe both were killed Tuesday. Capt. Steve McManus says he cannot comment on how the eagles were killed,... more »
  • La. panel declines action in truck stop tiger case

    December 3, 2010 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An animal-rights activist made an impassioned plea to state wildlife commissioners, calling on them to withhold renewal of a permit allowing an Interstate 10 truck stop to keep a live tiger on display. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission members declined Thursday to intervene in the matter. One... more »
  • Man accused of registering stolen boat as self-built

    November 29, 2010 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State wildlife agents arrested a 21-year-old man after they said he tried to register a stolen boat as if he had made it himself. 21-year-old Zachary Rarick of Pride was arrested Nov. 23 on charges he filed false records and applications and injured public records. He was... 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 »
  • Missing boater found dead by LDWF agents

    November 15, 2010 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An overdue boater from Mississppi was recently found dead in St. Bernard Parish waters by state wildlife agents. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the body of 63-year-old David McAdory of Madison County, Miss., was found just before noon Sunday near his boat in... 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 »
  • HSUS gives tips to keep pets safe, happy this Halloween

    October 26, 2010 4:16 PM

    Halloween can be a good time for children and adults, but sometimes the holiday can be scary for pets. The Human Society of the United States reminds pet owners that companion animals aren’t used to doorbell-ringing, costumed creatures and general hustle-and-bustle that come into our homes this time of year.... more »
  • BP sued over spill's toll on wildlife

    October 20, 2010 12:45 PM

    Several environmental groups are suing BP PLC for the oil spill's toll on endangered species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem. The federal suit filed Wednesday in New Orleans by Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network Inc. and Save the Manatee Club Inc. accuses BP of violating... more »
  • Hog Island closed after shrimpers pig out

    October 5, 2010 12:09 PM

    People at the Hog Island Gully Recreation Area have been such pigs that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shut it down only three weeks after it reopened. Spokeswoman Diane Borden-Billiot says people casting nets for shrimp left dead, stinking fish all over the docks, creating health and safety hazards.... 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 »
  • NOAA: Impact of spill to linger for decades

    August 4, 2010 2:10 PM

    A top government scientist says the impact of the Gulf oil spill on wildlife is likely to linger for decades. Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, made the comment Wednesday even as the Obama administration was citing a federal report that only about a quarter... more »
  • Feds could pay farmers for wildlife habitat

    July 20, 2010 5:25 AM

    A new program could compensate farmers for agricultural practices that provide habitat to wildlife. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service says the program could pay farmers for creating mud flats in their fields, pumping water onto fields and holding water. State conservationist Kevin Norton says the same... more »
  • Volunteers on fast track to wildlife rescue

    July 12, 2010 10:30 PM

    Many people looking to help animals affected by the spill continue to run into roadblocks. There are plenty of Louisianans willing to help, but they just don't have the proper license to do so. The State Humane Society wants to change that. After Hurricane Katrina, just about anyone who... more »
  • Dead whale found south of Gulf oil spill site

    June 17, 2010 5:28 AM

    A dead sperm whale has been found floating 77 miles south of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is conducting tests to determine the circumstance around the whale's death. It wasn't known if exposure to oil caused the animal's death. The... more »
  • Oil spill affects life in Barataria Bay

    June 14, 2010 10:36 AM

    The waters and marshes of Barataria Bay have become a casualty of the oil spill disaster. Oil-caked birds, stranded sea turtles and globs of oil have been found along the inlets and mangroves that line the Louisiana coast. Crabbing and bait fishing have been shut down in the area.... more »
  • Oil spill: 2 kids, aunt, raise $2000 for wildlife

    June 12, 2010 3:12 PM

    New Orleans children and the aunt they're visiting in Alexandria have raised $2,000 to help save wildlife endangered by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Their aunt, Lizette Smith, says a lemonade stand outside her boutique last summer gave Mark Terrillion something to do while his little sister, Lizette,... more »
  • New oil numbers may do more harm to fish, wildlife

    June 11, 2010 6:05 PM

    New numbers showing the amount of oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico may be double as much as previously thought means the crude is likely to travel farther away, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife that call the fragile waters their home, scientists said Friday.... 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 »
  • Breton National Wildlife Refuge closed to public

    May 7, 2010 2:15 PM

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the Breton National Wildlife Refuge to public entry. This includes the Chandeleur Islands chain (Chandeleur, Grand Gossier, Curlew, New Harbor Island, North Islands, Free Mason). The refuge is being close to keep the public safe, not to disturb the nesting... more »

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