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LDWF Enforcement Agent Recognized at March Commission Meeting

Release Date: 03/01/2018

Sec. Jack Montoucet, Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler and Col. Sammy Martin

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was honored at the March 1 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their 2017 Conservation Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, of Monroe.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, 26, was shot four times including once in the head and once in the back around 2 a.m. on Jan. 7, 2017, on Hwy. 165 between Sterlington and Bastrop in Morehouse Parish.  After numerous surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy, Wheeler was cleared to return to full time duty in late July of 2017.

“Senior Agent Wheeler was put through a lot in 2017 including getting shot in the line of duty and then having the motivation to put in all the hard work to return to duty within eight months,” said Col. Sammy Martin, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “We are happy to have him back and he has been picking right up where he left off before getting shot and that is being one of our top agents in the field.”

Wheeler has been an LDWF agent for five years and mainly patrols northeast Louisiana.  Wheeler also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “Agent of the Year” award in 2017.

$5,500 Reward Offered for Information on Dead Black Bears

Release Date: 02/28/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents are seeking leads for two illegally killed black bears in St. Mary Parish.

A citizen alerted authorities on Feb. 14, 2018 about a dead black bear that was located off of Humble Canal in a marshy area about 10 miles south of Franklin.  Agents responded to the scene and found another dead black bear about a mile in a half away from the first reported black bear.

A necropsy revealed that both of the adult male bears were shot and illegally killed around Feb. 2 to 4, which was a weekend.

The Humane Society of the United States, the Acadiana Chapter of Safari Club International, the Safari Club International Foundation and LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program are teaming up to offer a reward totaling $5,500 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of these black bears.

Anyone with information regarding this illegal killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day. Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.

2018 Symposium

This page is a repository for information related to the short course and concurrent sessions featured at the 2018 Louisiana Environmental State Symposium, February 23-24, 2018.

The content will be updated as materials become available, so check back often.

If you are a presenter and have information to add to this page, please contact Thomas Gresham or Brian Gautreau

Conference Info:

Presentation Lineup including presenter name, time, room and description

Electronic copy of the event program

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Saturday Schedule and Keynote

There's still time to attend the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium! Register on-site tomorrow, February 24, at 7 a.m. and spend the day learning and sharing your experiences with other environmental educators.

The theme this year is Green STEM, so many of the sessions aim to bring you up-to-date environmental-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Choose among sessions that fit your interest and grade level. And be sure to check out the keynote address by Drs. Rob Ross and Don Duggan-Haas from the Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, NY. See the topic below.

Fire and Brimstone and Fort McMurray: Reasons and Strategies for Talking About Climate Change, Drs. Don Duggan-Haas and Robert Ross

The overwhelming majority of scientists who study the climate accept that the global climate is warming, that this change is driven by human activities, that it is already causing serious and worsening problems, and that we can do things to make coming changes less bad. The subject, however, remains controversial among the general public and many of our political leaders flatly reject the scientific consensus. Why does a substantial minority of Americans and reject climate science? Often, our intuitive responses to controversial statements is counterproductive and deepens convictions more than understandings. Climate change has almost certainly worsened disasters in recent years. We’ll discuss the perils and promise of apocalyptic talk, look into the role of moral framing of discussion of climate change, and share rules of thumb for discussing controversial issues more broadly. We’ll also discuss the potential relevant green STEM career opportunities arising from responding to climate change. The talk draws from The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change, by Ingrid Zabel, Don Duggan-Haas, and Robert Ross.

Find more information at or contact Thomas Gresham at


LDWF Agents Rescue Overdue Boater Near East Carroll Parish

Release Date: 02/21/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents successfully rescued an overdue boater last night, Feb. 20, in the Mississippi River near East Carroll Parish.

Agents received a report around 4 p.m. of an overdue boater on the Mississippi River in the Bunches Bend Cutoff area about 10 miles north of Lake Providence.  Agents responded to the area and were able to use the services of a local pilot to locate the overdue boater from the air.

Agents arrived to the coordinates given by the pilot around 6:30 p.m. and found the missing 81 year old Oak Grove man with severe injuries and a damaged vessel.  Agents were able to stabilize the man and transport him to the nearest boat launch where an ambulance was waiting to transport him to a local hospital.

Agents believe the operator of the vessel hit a tree making the vessel inoperable and leaving the operator with severe injuries to the face and body.  The man is expected to make a full recovery at this time.

Three Louisiana Men Cited for Red and Black Drum Violations

Release Date: 02/21/2018

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent cited three Louisiana men for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 15.

The agent cited David Lee Kimbrough Jr., 46 of Kenner, Michael Bazile Jr., 44, of New Orleans, and Devin Reynolds, 24, of Kenner, for possessing over the limit of red drum and taking undersized red drum.  Kimbrough Jr. was also cited for taking undersized black drum.  Bazile and Reynolds were also cited for angling without basic and saltwater licenses.

While on patrol, an LDWF agent observed the three men actively fishing from the bank around Port Sulphur.  During a license and creel check the agent discovered that Bazile and Reynolds did not possess basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

The agent found Kimbrough Jr. in possession of 38 red drum, of which 16 were undersized, and two undersized black drum.  The agent also found Bazile Jr. in possession of eight undersized red drum and Reynolds in possession of 11 red drum, of which two were undersized.

Licensed anglers are allowed five red drum and five black drum per day with a minimum size limit of 16 inches.

Taking over the limit of red drum, taking undersized red drum and taking undersized black drum each carry a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possessing over 10 red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Angling without basic and saltwater fishing licenses each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the fish totaling $878 for Kimbrough, $211 for Bazile Jr., and $291 for Reynolds.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Join Us This Weekend at the Symposium

Please join us this Saturday at the Baton Rouge Marriott for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. This annual event brings together formal and non-formal educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states to sharpen our environmental education skills.


The theme this year is “Green STEM” and many of the presentations will highlight the exciting possibilities for education where science, technology, engineering and mathematics meet environmental concepts.


If you plan on attending and have not yet registered, you have two options. To pay by credit card, use the pre-registration form on the symposium webpage. To pay by check, visit the registration desk on site beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.


For more information visit or contact Thomas Gresham at



Agent Observes Illegal Fish Transaction in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 02/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for their roles in an alleged illegal fish buying and selling transaction in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Patrick Percle, 55, of Schriever, on Feb. 5 for purchasing game fish and buying fish from an unlicensed dealer.  Agents also cited Timmy Autin, 56, of Houma, on Feb. 9 for selling or buying fish without a wholesale/retail license, failing to maintain records, selling or purchasing game fish, selling undersized fish, and buying commercial fish from an unlicensed dealer.

An Agent on patrol on Feb. 5 observed a truck belonging to Percle with multiple ice chests in the bed parked at a gas station on the corner of Hwy. 20 and North Main Project Road in Schriever.  The agent then noticed Autin approach the truck and pour ice and fish into the ice chests in the bed of Percle’s truck.  The agent then observed Percle hand Autin money.

The agent then followed Percle as he left the gas station and stopped his vehicle.  During questioning, Percle admitted to the agent that he purchased red drum and crabs for $50.  The agent counted 22 red drum in the cooler of which 20 were undersized and six dozen crabs.

On Feb. 9, agents met with Autin where he admitted to buying the fish and crabs from another person and then called Percle to sell the fish and crabs to him.

Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity and returned the crabs back to the water.

Selling or purchasing game fish and buying commercial fish from an unlicensed dealer each carries a $350 to $500 and 30 days in jail for each offense.

Selling or buying fish without a wholesale/retail license, failing to maintain records, and selling undersized fish each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Three Restaurants Caught Selling Swai Fish as Catfish

Release Date: 02/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three restaurant managers on Jan. 26 in central Louisiana for allegedly selling swai fish as catfish.

Agents cited Robert Fant, 63, of Pineville, Mollie McDowell, 27, of Pineville, and Michael Rhodes, 39, of Pineville, for selling swai fish as catfish to their customers.

Agents received a tip that the Rosie Joe’s restaurant in Alexandria and the Crazy Cajun restaurant in Tioga were selling swai fish as catfish.  Agents performed an inspection of both restaurants and found that catfish was listed on the menu and found swai fish in the freezer.  Agents cited McDowell and Fant as a result of these restaurant inspections.

Agents also learned that the same practice occurs at the Debarge’s Crawfish restaurant in Alexandria and cited Rhodes.

Selling swai fish as catfish brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

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