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Investigation into who cut down trees in a wildlife management area

Avoyelles Parish, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants to know who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

Agents say they got a tip and found as many as 16 trees cut down in the Wildlife Management Area in early December. Agents think the trees were cut down to block navigation to the northern part of the Wildlife Management Area in order to keep other hunters out of the area.

Agents found the trees cut down crossing a canal that connects Cocodrie Bayou to Bayou de la Bay. The trees were cypress, oak and willows, and ranged from 10 to 30 inches in diameter and up to 50 feet tall.

Cutting down trees on a Wildlife Management Area is considered criminal damage of state property and carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.

Wildlife officials are are offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest in the case. Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 442-2511.

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