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LA: Former LDWF enforcement agent pleads guilty in Delta NWR poaching case

May 24, 2017

From LouisianaSportsman.com

Robert “Boozie” Cosse Jr., 40, a former enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, pleaded guilty earlier this month to violating game laws on Delta National Wildlife Refuge near Venice.

Cosse and friends illegally hunted on the 48,000-acre refuge with firearms during the 2015-16 season.

Agents watched on Jan. 17, 2016, as Dean “Dino” Ockmond Jr, 36, of Vacherie, shot a buck from a stand. Ockmond and Cosse then moved the dead buck, which made the incident a violation of the federal Lacey Act.

Cosse pleaded guilty to 16 misdemeanor wildlife violations, including illegal use of bait to hunt deer or hogs on a refuge, illegal use of a motor vehicle on a refuge, illegal hunting of deer or hogs during a closed season on a refuge and illegal use of a firearm to hunt deer or hogs on a refuge.

He was fined almost $9,000 and forfeited an ATV and tractor he used to illegally traverse the refuge. He was placed on probation for three years, and is forbidden from entering any NWR or engaging in any type of hunting activity during that time.

Ockmond was fined $2,025 and agreed to forfeit the mounted 11-point buck to the government. The court also placed Ockmond on probation for two years, and also forbade him from entering any NWR or engaging in any type of hunting activity during that time.


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