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Monday, October 17 • 3:20pm - 3:55pm
Law Enforcement. Spring Bayou WMA Case

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AUTHORS: Sgt. Gabe Guidry, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Law Enforcement Division

ABSTRACT: During the winter of 2014, our state owned swamp lands were devastated by a couple of individuals with intentions filled with greed. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agents received information of several trees cut on the northeastern portion of the Spring Bayou WMA. After assessing the damage, we discovered approximately 116 trees sawed down blocking access to vessels entering the area. The trees consisted of valuable native timber which was identified as cypress, willow, and oak. Most of the trees were cut in order to block the passage of boats entering through Bayou Cocodrie and Lac Valerie to prevent access to the northeastern portion of the WMA commonly known as the “Bean Fields”. All of the trees were cut by using a chainsaw and they were left where they had fallen. Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief, The Spring Bayou Restoration, and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation contributed $3000.00 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for illegally cutting the trees. During the investigation, two eye witnesses came forward and confirmed Keith (Rick) Savoy and Allen Gaspard were responsible for cutting the trees on the WMA. Witness testimony, electronic forensic evidence extracted from cell phones, and circumstantial evidence gathered during the investigation was sufficient enough for a jury to find Rick Keith Savoy guilty of criminal damage to state property. Savoy's sentence included paying $15,000 to LDWF. His hunting and fishing privileges were also revoked for five years.

Monday October 17, 2016 3:20pm - 3:55pm
Victory Room

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