Louisiana: Dead Cougar Found in Calcasieu Parish

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) responded to a report of a dead cougar along LA Hwy. 12 in Calcasieu Parish west of Dequincy. The animal was found late afternoon on Friday, Nov. 7.

A necropsy performed by LDWF staff determined that the cougar was a 70-pound adult that had been declawed on all four paws. Decomposition made the immediate exact age and cause of death more difficult to determine. However, the cause of death remains under investigation. The origin of the cougar is unknown at this time.

There are no personal captive cougar permits currently issued in the state due to public safety concerns, therefore it is unlawful for anyone to possess a cougar in Louisiana, other than a certified zoo.

The mountain lion, cougar, panther or puma are names that refer to the same animal. Their color ranges from lighter tan to brownish grey. Cougars in Louisiana are protected under state and federal law.

Anyone convicted of killing a cougar in Louisiana could face civil restitution of up to $4,351 and federal citations with additional fines and penalties.

To report information related to the dead cougar found Nov. 7, contact LDWF’s Enforcement Division Lake Charles office at 337-491-2580.

Anyone with any information regarding persons owning a pet cougar should call LA Operation Game Thief, inc. at 1-800-442-2511. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.

To report verifiable sightings of cougars with photos, tracks or scat, please call Maria Davidson at 225-931-3061, or contact Robert Gosnell at 225-763-5448 or rgosnell@wlf.la.gov .

Firearm Safety Rules

The four basic rules of firearms safety, known by the acronym TABK, are as follows:

T – Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Never assume a firearm is unloaded.

A – Always point the firearm in a safe direction. Even if an unwanted discharge occurs no one will be hurt if you always point the gun in a safe direction.  Continue reading

Americans Say ‘Gun Violence’ is Criminal Justice, Not Public Health Issue, National Poll Finds

criminalmisuseNEWTOWN, Conn. — More than eight out of ten Americans say that the misuse of guns in violent crimes is a matter for the criminal justice system, not a public health issue, and that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) should not spend resources on the study of “gun violence” but instead concentrate on viruses and disease. Continue reading

Georgia : Hunters Helping Farmers Program

Boars. Wild hogs. Feral Pigs. No matter the term, hogs can be a big problem. Especially for landowners who depend on their property to supply crops that provide for their livelihood. Hunters Helping Farmers is a new program combining the efforts of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help alleviate the agricultural and financial damage caused by these non-native invasive pests. Continue reading

Puzzle Pieces by Lindsay Persico

Lindsay Persico writes about “hunting and existing outdoors” in her Blog, Huntfiber.

“My love of hunting began as a little girl as I watched my daddy head out on hunting trips and later packed my own gear along and headed out with him. He taught me so much and really helped me develop my love for wildlife and the outdoors.”

As Lindsay describes her Fathers influence on her passion for hunting, I think back to my summers on the Lake in Odessa and my Uncles influence on mine. It seems to be for Lindsay as it was for me, not simply about the taking of life, but, in fact, about the many enduring lessons of it that we take from those experiences. In the process we get closer to who we really are as human beings which is about as close to the natural order as we will ever get. This is the draw that leads to such a passion.

“I want to share my love and experiences with others and show the world that a regular girl can be an avid and successful hunter on public land.” Continue reading

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Okaloosa County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Okaloosa County.

The course takes place at Bass Pro Shops, 4301 Legendary Drive, Destin. Instruction is from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 and 30, and attendance is required at both class sessions.

Students must complete the Internet course before coming to class and bring a copy of the final report from the online portion of the course. The final report form does not have to be notarized.

An adult must accompany children under the age of 16 at all times. Students should bring a pencil and paper with them to take notes.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676.

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