Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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Fisheries affected by year’s flooding

The lingering effects of the 2019 record floodwaters on Louisiana’s aquatic life continue to be measured by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The Mississippi River remained above flood stage for a historic length of time, with records dating back to 1900. Additionally, local rainfall also impacted other drainages. Although rivers are finally returning to seasonal levels, the state is still feeling the effects in some of its fisheries.

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Volunteers sought to monitor bat colonies

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is conducting bat colony monitoring in the state in an effort to survey for white-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that is responsible for more than 6 million bat deaths in the United States.
Neither the disease nor the fungus, which is not a threat to humans, has been detected in Louisiana, said LDWF Wildlife Disease Biologist Nikki Anderson, who is overseeing the monitoring program. She said that’s why it’s so important to observe bat colonies in the state.

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Port Barre man cited for illegal deer hunting

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Port Barre man for alleged deer hunting violations on May 31 in St. Landry Parish.
Agents cited Chaz E. Guillory, 27, with two counts of hunting deer during a closed season, two counts of hunting deer during illegal hours and two counts of violating outlaw quadruped night hunting regulations.

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Drawdown scheduled for Chicot Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish as part of its integrated management plan for aquatic vegetation control.
The drawdown will not begin until after Labor Day on Sept. 3 when water temperatures are cooler, reducing the risk for potential fish kills.
The lake will de-water at a rate of 3 inches per day until it reaches 3 feet below pool stage and will be maintained at this level until January 2020.

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Melville father, son arrested for night hunting violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Melville men on Jan. 12 for alleged deer hunting violations in St. Landry Parish.
Agents arrested Virgil Duvall, 58, and Kendell Duvall, 38, for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road and intentional littering.

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