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On 5/17 my four wheeler and trailer was stolen in broad daylight in Southpoint Subdivision, Denham Springs. they backed up to the trailer, cut the lock and drove off. REWARD classic military camo four wheeler, large drop basket, and green single axle trailer. if you see my bike,call: 225-572-8480 REWARD. thanks, and may God Bless..

I won this four wheeler at a St. Judes fund raiser. it is a Chineese brand (i would not have bought this bike, but it was serving it's purpose well). i also added a large drop basket not shown in picture. i can't wait to file charges so this won't happen to anyone else. Claim on file at Livingston S.O.
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Model- SCOUT 400 4x4 only one year old.

August 22, 2011 at 8:55am

Interesting stuff below.

This is an article written by Dr. Harry Jacobson on the effect of flooding along the MS river on deer herds.

Dr. Harry Jacobson

Effect of Mississippi River Flooding on Deer and Black Bear

Hunters that hunt up and down the Mississippi River are understandably concerned about the impact which this year's record flood is having on the wildlife throughout the Mississippi Delta. The recent attention to flooding on the Mississippi River focused my attention back to studies I conducted on radio collared deer in the Mississippi Delta from 1982 through 1995. I also had students studying black bear in the Mississippi River delta in Arkansas and in Mississippi during 1993–1995 where we were able to document black bear responses to flooding. Those studies have provided knowledge as to how to interpret the impact of the 2011 flood, which will be the second highest flood ever recorded for the Mississippi River. With contiguous records of flood stages recorded since 1872, and some additional records dating back to as early as 1828; by all accounts, the 2011 flood is of epic proportion.

No doubt, this flood will cause major loss to white–tailed deer along portions of the river flood plain. This will be most evident where deer have no refuge to retreat to. However, before hunters should conclude dramatic losses, it is worthwhile to look at what happened to deer I had radio collared in my studies. In 1983, I had 14 deer radio collared on Davis Island, which is an approximately 23,000 acre island in the river just south of Vicksburg. The island is closest to the Louisiana side of the river, but is primarily in Mississippi. Prior to the great flood of 1927, it was a peninsula extending out from Vicksburg on the Mississippi side of the river. But the flood in that year changed the course of the river by cutting through the peninsula and forming the island which is now closest to the Louisiana side.

On 27 May of 1983, the Mississippi River reached 49.3 feet at the Vicksburg gauge. At this level, less than two percent of Davis Island would remain out of water. Flood stage for the Vicksburg river gauge is considered to be 43 feet. Of the 14 deer (4 bucks and 10 does) I had radio collared; all but two does had left the island before the river reached its peak flood level and swam to the Louisiana Mainland, crossing over the main river levee. One buck left in early January, when the river first approached 41 feet. This buck was killed by hunters on the Louisiana side of the Levee. Of the 12 remaining deer, five left the island between 31 January and 11 May when the water was still below, but approaching flood stage at 41–43 feet on the gauge, and six deer left the island sometime between 11 May and 27 May when the river reached its peak. Of the two does that stayed on the island, one was found dead after flood waters receded and the second survived, apparently by taking refuge on an old slave levee which would have been the only land out of water.

Arrows on the chart above indicate the periods when radio collared deer were studied during flood conditions of the Mississippi River.

All deer that left the island, with the exception of the buck that was harvested by hunters, returned to their normal home ranges on Davis Island when the river dropped to around 33 feet or less on the flood gauge. Returns to the island by these ten deer took place between June 22 and 8 August. Five of these deer were followed through 1984, when the river again exceeded flood stage and reached its highest level of 45.8 feet on 25 May. Four of the five left the island between April 12 and May 11, again when the river reached 41–42 feet on the flood gauge. The fifth deer left when the river hit 45 feet on the gauge on 21 May. This deer had migrated the previous year, when the river hit 47 feet. All deer left the island at a lower flood gauge level than they had in the previous year. During these flood conditions, it was not uncommon for some deer to move 10–15 miles distant from their normal home range, and one buck was recorded as far as 20 miles distant from his normal range.

In 1993 through 1995, I again had deer radio collared during flood conditions along the Mississippi River. These included 8 adult bucks I followed on Davis Island through the 1993 flood, when water got to 43.6 feet on 18 May, and 5 bucks monitored in 1994, when the water got to 46 feet on 3 May. Interestingly, most deer again left the island well before the river rose to flood stage level, with 8 of 9 leaving in 1993 and 4 of 5 in 1994. In general, deer left when the river was still below flood stage and at 39–41 feet on the Vicksburg Gauge. All of these bucks survived through flood conditions and returned to their home ranges on the island when waters receded. During the same floods, I had nine adult males' radio collared in 1993 and four bucks radio collared in 1994 on an area called Kings Point. Kings Point is another large area on the Mississippi River, to the north of Vicksburg, and at the confluence of the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Deer on Kings Point Island behaved very much like those on Davis Island, moving long distances to high ground when the river reached 39–40 feet on the Vicksburg gauge. In 1994, I also had a number of bucks radio collared between the levees further to the north, and just north of Greenville, Mississippi. Those deer responded similarly to the Davis Island and Kings Point deer, moving to dry land outside of the levees when the river approached flood stage. Five of nine Kings Point deer left in the 1993 high water and four of five left in the 1994 high water. All of these deer survived flood conditions in those years.

In another interesting note, I documented deer from Kings Point Island swimming the Mississippi River. Two of several bucks that we had radio collared in 1991 and 1992 dispersed from Kings Point Island, and were harvested in those years at a hunting club on the other side of the river. These two deer did not leave during flood stages of the river, but apparently left as part of a normal dispersal occurrence for young bucks. However, what is noteworthy about their departure from Kings Point is they swam a mile wide river with a very strong current, demonstrating how well deer can swim.

The above studies tell much about the effect of flooding on deer that reside in flood prone areas along the Mississippi River. First, deer appear to have traditional migration routes that allow them to escape flood conditions and the majority of deer residing along the Mississippi escape and survive flood waters. Deer are also very strong swimmers. This was brought home to me by several old time members of a hunting club I worked with on Davis Island who were present and remembered conditions during the 1973 flood when waters reached 51.6 feet on the Vicksburg River Gauge. They told me that after that flood, they fully expected not to hunt deer in the 1974 season, or for some time after that, as they were sure most of the herd must have drowned. To their surprise, the 1974 hunting season turned out to be one of the best hunting seasons the club had ever experienced.

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Fast forward to the present conditions, and it is clear to me that although some deer mortality can be expected to result from this flood, as long as their traditional refuge areas of dry land are available, most deer will survive. The biggest concern I would have is for areas where development or disturbance occurs which would preclude deer from reaching their traditional refuge areas which are mostly woodlands or farmlands outside of the batture lands (lands between the levees). In particular, deer that might have fled into areas of wood lands such as occur in the Atchafalaya basin of Louisiana where floodgates have been opened to relieve downstream flooding potential. Additionally, deer in the Atchafalaya basin do not have the history of routine major flooding that those in the Mississippi batture lands do, and will not have historic refuge areas to flee to. Another grim scenario is that of deer which normally would take refuge on some of the very high ground within the levees. These deer would be safe from floods in most all years, but not so in years like the current one when the Mississippi reaches what is referred to as a once in '100 year flood'. In this case, once water reached them, they would have to swim miles through flooded timberlands to get to safety. Those that successfully make it to dry land would be extremely stressed and might be expected to succumb to stress related causes even though they had survived the long swim to dry land.

The most important thing is not to disturb deer and other wildlife during these high water conditions, as any additional stress placed upon them can be enough to push them over the edge, resulting in their loss from stress related mortality or accidents. However, this sometimes is a difficult pill to swallow for farmers who can suffer major crop damage from deer. This creates additional complications, as game agencies are often forced to issue deer depredation permits that allow farmers to shoot deer to protect their crops and livelihood, a necessary evil in times of flood condition.

A second thing I have learned about flooding on the Mississippi is that the timing of flooding is as important as the extent of it. Deer living adjacent to the Mississippi River generally have late fawning timing, with fawns born in late June through August, depending on how far north they are in the Mississippi River Basin. This is evolution's way of insuring survival of fawns which might otherwise die if born at the peak of spring flooding. However, prolonged high water that extends into late June and July which prevents deer from using their normal habitat can be devastating to fawn recruitment in some years. Under such conditions, does can be in poorer than normal nutritional condition and fawns can also be born outside of a doe's normal home range. Under such conditions, maternal abandonment or mortality from a number of other causes is much more likely to occur than those of normal years. In my opinion, this is likely to be the greatest impact of the current flood. As a result, wildlife managers will have to pay close attention to fawn survival estimates for the current year in setting harvest goals for the next few years. Occasionally, the Mississippi River approaches flood stage in late December and January, during open hunting seasons for deer. At these times, deer are susceptible to unusual hunting mortality, because they are forced into habitat where they are much more vulnerable. For this reason, Mississippi often closes the hunting season within areas of the Mississippi Delta when the river approaches flood stages. From the results of the previous studies, I would recommend hunting seasons close in batture land anytime the river is within 3 feet, or less, of flood stage.

Black bear, like deer are amazingly adopted to survive floods along the Mississippi. Forty black bears were radio collared in the White River National Wildlife Refuge of Arkansas and in adjacent areas at the confluence of the White River and Mississippi River during studies conducted by students Tom White, and Madon Oli, at Mississippi State University in the early 1990s. The work of these students was jointly supervised by Dr. Bruce Leopold and me, of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, Mississippi State University. What we found out in our studies of black bear was that adult bears, like deer, are quite adapt at surviving floods and none of the adult bears we had radio collared succumbed to flood related mortality. Bears can easily swim, and unlike deer can climb trees and rest on limbs for long periods. In fact, receding flood waters provide a large amount of food resources to bears because of fish and amphibians trapped in pools of water from which they become easy prey to bears.

Although adult bears generally escape flood waters, such is not the case with newborn cubs. Location and height of bear dens for females with cubs is a major determinate of cub survival. Bears with newborn cubs generally emerge from their dens in late April and early May. When tree dens or ground dens are located below high water levels during den periods, mortality of cubs is likely. This has lead researchers to recommend protection of den trees with elevated den cavities and also to create suitable den habitat in areas of high elevation that normally are above high water flood levels. Further, bears that are confined to small land areas because of flood conditions may more likely lose their cubs from contact with adult male bears seeking this same limited ground area. Since June is the mating season for Black Bears, mature males will commit intentional infanticide of cubs as a means of causing female bears to again come in to breeding condition.

In summary, although loss of both adults and young may occur in some limited areas of the Mississippi flood plain, the main effect of the current record flooding of the Mississippi River on deer and black bear will likely be loss of young produced in 2011. Of course other game species will also be affected. Amazingly, even a few smaller terrestrial mammals like cottontail rabbits will survive by taking refuge on floating debris. Wild turkeys will lose their nests, but can take refuge in the trees and survive by eating buds on tree limbs. Some will successfully re–nest and produce broods. How resilient to recovery these game populations will be remains to be seen. A flood of this magnitude has only been recorded once before, in 1927. Flooding is part of the renewal of the land in any river delta, and the reason these lands are so productive for both wildlife and agriculture. Some species benefit more than others in the short run, but all generally benefit from it over the long run. It is only man that alters this equation. The current condition points out how important refuge areas can be during periods of major flooding. Hopefully, existing refuge areas can be protected from future development, or losses of wildlife on a large scale could occur in future years.

May 27, 2011 at 10:23am

BRAND- TANK SCOUT,(chineese brand, won at St.Jude fundraiser). large drop basket on back. trailer- single axle 5x8, bright green-Lowes brand, license plate thrown on ground when stolen.

May 26, 2011 at 4:53pm
A comment titled: feel your pain in response to a report titled: View from Gueydan

grew up in Gueydan myself, graduated in 71.

lived south of town close to the graveyard. remember the days of hunting before getting on the bus. riding around the area and crawling geese after getting permission, ( which was always ok ). on most days you could look in any direction and see a cloud of geese, and my dad saying ' there just aren't any birds like there used to be '. for us, it was awesome. sitting on a levee and having 5,000 geese in a huge funnel sailing and diving on your head. will never forget the sound and sites. off course my gun was loaded and three more shells in my mouth ready for reloading.
was in town last week for a funeral. heard a few geese close to my dads house, and a few flying over at the gravesite.
but no large flocks, no shooting in the fields around the house, no trucks with hunters in town.
your correct, things have changed. I believe it inly takes a couple of years for migration patterns to change, the young birds are not coming here, and are teaching new flocks new locations to the west. birds follow habitat and less pressure.
hope our birds return one of these days.

January 09, 2014 at 7:33pm
A comment titled: S.O. SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO THE PUBLIC in response to a report titled: BLACK PANTHER SIGHTING!!

The Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) is considered of historical occurrence in Louisiana. The historic range included eastern Texas or western Louisiana and the east lower Mississippi River Valley through the southeastern states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and parts of Tennessee and South Carolina). Even though numerous sighting reports continue to surface annually throughout its historic range, it is unlikely that viable populations of the Florida panther presently occur outside Florida. Each year the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program (LNHP) receives calls reporting puma sightings, most of these reports remain unconfirmed because of the lack of evidence.

If you believe you saw a cougar, check for the following:

•Tracks (below you will find drawings of tracks of cougars and other carnivore species that will help you to identify cougar's tracks). If possible, take a picture and/or make a cast of the track, and/or draw the track on a hard clear plastic with a permanent marker.
•Scats (collect the scats and keep them in a clean plastic bag)
•And remember that black panthers are not native to North America.
For more information on cougars, go to the Eastern Cougar Network website.

The mountain lion, cougar, panther or puma are names that all refer to the same animal. Their color ranges from lighter tan to brownish grey. The only species of big cats that occur as black are the jaguar and leopard. Jaguars are native to South America and leopards are native to Africa. Both species can occur as spotted or black, although in both cases the spotted variety is much more common. Although LDWF receives numerous calls about black panthers, there has never been a documented case of a black cougar anywhere in North America.

The vast majority of these reports received by LDWF cannot be verified due to the very nature of a sighting. Many of the calls are determined to be cases of mistaken identity, with dog tracks making up the majority of the evidence submitted by those reporting cougar sightings. Other animals commonly mistaken for cougars are bobcats and house cats, usually seen from a distance or in varying shades of light.

The significant lack of physical evidence indicates that Louisiana does not have an established, breeding population of cougars. In states that have verified small populations of cougars, physical evidence can readily be found in the form of tracks, cached deer kills, scat and road kills.

The recent sightingsof cougars in Louisiana are believed to be young animals dispersing from existing populations. An expanding population in Texas can produce dispersing individual cougars that move into suitable habitat in Louisiana. Young males are known to disperse from their birthplace and travel hundreds of miles seeking their own territories

December 01, 2011 at 11:34am

i am not real optimistic, becaose a lot of four wheelers are stolen and never recovered. but i have learned a huge lesson. keep your stuff hidden and get to know your neihbors. still hard to believe this happend in braod daylight at 10 am in the morning. just backed up, cut the lock and drove off. left the lock, and license plate to my trailer on the ground. no one saw anything.
i would have loved to been home and introduce them to my .357 semi jacketed hollow points.

June 08, 2011 at 3:49pm
A comment titled: thanks in response to a report titled: REWARD: STOLEN FOUR WHEELER AND TRAILER

i sent the link to the sheriffs dept. hopefully they can send a unit to the location and check the VIN. it looks very close, but not sure.
sent you email.

thanks for the heads up.

June 06, 2011 at 4:06pm
A comment titled: way to go m#$^* in response to a report titled: A New Duck Hunter Cuts His Teeth!

you are starting Ca@#$&( off great. i am proud of you and your dedication to our youth. hope you enjoy my hole. looks like you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
see you tomorrow at work.

November 13, 2006 at 5:37pm
A comment titled: shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh in response to a report titled: DUCKS in DULAC

i live and hunt in east central la.
i have learned in few years of hunting and fishing that if i find a place or location that i have worked hard to locate,it is best to keep it to myself and the people that i trust the most.
your family is doing great. i'd keep it that way at all cost.
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