Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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A House floor vote is scheduled today on a proposal to raise the cost of a basic resident hunting and fishing license by a few dollars. Wildlife and Fisheries officials say the increase is needed to offset a 65-million dollar loss in state funding since 2009. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the proposal is having a difficult time passing, because it needs 70 votes from the 105-member House.


Pinosnat says, "The problem is getting two-thirds of the legislative to vote for something." 


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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says they have yet to find any positive results for chronic wasting disease in Louisiana. L-D-W-F was put on alert when a case was confirmed in the Mississippi Delta just five miles away from the Louisiana border. LDWF Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon says they’ve sampled 188 deer from East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes.


Bordelon says that chronic wasting disease was not found in 114 deer that were tested. 


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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents are offering a 55-hundred-dollar reward for information about who killed two black bears in St. Mary Parish in the Atchafalaya Basin. It is believed they were killed between February 2nd and 4th. LDWF spokesman Adam Einck says both bears were discovered in a fairly remote area.


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After several years as a self-sustaining agency the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is having financial issues. The estimated budget of about 19.8 million dollars, annually, is predicted to be insufficient.  

Cole Garett, Executive Counsel for the LDWF, says they are attempting to discard their 117 different licenses by proposing a bill in the regular legislative session.

Louisiana Congressman Wants Bounty Program For Asian Carp

Feb 19, 2018
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U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins wants Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to create a bounty program for Asian carp, an invasive fish species.

The Republican congressman sent a letter to department Secretary Jack Montoucet, saying a program to encourage fishermen to harvest the species would lessen ecological and economic damage in Louisiana.

Montoucet says he'd like to talk with Higgins about ongoing work to combat the species and hopes the congressman will lead efforts to secure federal dollars for the "expensive fight."


Jan 1, 2018
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I saw a ghost a while back.  He appeared out of thin air, transformed a peaceful, bucolic scene into murderous chaos, and vanished in seconds.  I loved it.  It was one of the never-to-be-forgotten highlights of my experiences in the natural world.

Wildlife And Fisheries To Build New Oyster Reef

Nov 27, 2017
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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will build a new oyster reef in Calcasieu Lake soon to help increase oyster habitat and fisheries production.

The project, known as cultch planting, will consist of spreading about 12,500 cubic yards of crushed limestone on the lake bottom to create about 100 acres of artificial oyster reef near Long Point on the east side of the lake.

Construction is tentatively set to begin Monday and should be finished in about two weeks.

Commercial Fishery For Gray Triggerfish To Close Saturday

Nov 17, 2017
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The commercial fishery for gray triggerfish in Louisiana waters will close Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed until Jan. 1.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet made the decision following notification by NOAA Fisheries that the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close for the commercial harvest of gray triggerfish during the same timeframe.

Monroe resident, Amethyst Baird, is looking at a variety of charges after allegedly shooting a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agent multiple times earlier this year.

Baird has a history of drug use and has already pled guilty to possession of stolen items and possession of meth. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

Baird was also charged with attempted first degree murder after she allegedly shot Wildlife Agent Tyler Wheeler multiple times.

Celebrating 20 Years with Black Bayou

Jun 7, 2017
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Saturday June 17th, the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the refuge. The celebration will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with interactive activities for children and adults.

Black Bayou became a refuge in 1997 and has been serving the community by providing a scenic place for families to enjoy the wildlife and learn about Louisiana's biodiversity. The refuge has 5,000 acres of wildlife including 2,500 acres of lake. Visitors can walk the trails, go hunting or fishing, and admire the wildflower fields at the refuge.