Alleged nighttime rabbit poachers cited in Plaquemines Parish

Incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. in Pointe a la Hache, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Port Sulphur residents for allegedly spotlighting rabbits early Monday morning on Highway 23.

Mikal Black, 19, and Adrienne Black, 49, were ticketed for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a public roadway, according to a press release.

Agents on patrol in west Pointe a la Hache allegedly observed a vehicle driving slowly along the shoulder of Highway 23, and then watched the subjects shine a spotlight in a manner consistent with hunting, the release states.

The agents made contact with them, and found they were in possession of six freshly killed rabbits and two firearms. The rabbits, rifles and two spotlights were seized in the investigation, according to the release.

Hunting rabbits during illegal hours brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway brings a $100 to $350 fine or imprisonment for not more than 60 days, or both, for the first offense.  The two subjects may also face civil restitution totaling $190 for the replacement value of the illegally taken rabbits, the release states.