Agents Cite Alabama Man for Wildlife Violations in Calcasieu Parish

Published 2:20 am Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Alabama man for alleged wildlife violations on May 12 in Calcasieu Parish.

Agents cited Austin T. Wilson, 22, of Geneva, Ala., for taking non-game birds, taking ibis no season and taking heron no season.

Agents received a tip about a person shooting seagulls at a residence that Wilson was living at in Lake Charles on the night of May 11.  Agents responded to the scene on the morning of May 12 and found several dead birds in an adjoining field and in a trash can next to the house.  Agents also found numerous empty shotgun shells outside the house.

During the inspection of the residence, Wilson pulled into the driveway.  Agents then questioned Wilson about the birds he shot and he admitted to shooting them with a 12-gauge shotgun the night before.

Agents found 14 seagulls, one ibis and one heron.

Taking non-game birds, taking ibis no season and taking heron no season bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Wilson may also face civil restitution totaling $278.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Beau Robertson, Sgt. Stuart Guillory and Agent Will Callegari.