DENHAM SPRINGS, LA — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Denham Springs man with 26 alligator violations on Aug. 15.
Agents cited David Caveretta, 51, for four counts of taking alligators without a license, four counts of taking alligators during a closed season, four counts of failing to comply with alligator tagging requirements, 10 counts of illegal possession of alligator skins and parts and four counts of not abiding the nuisance alligator program rules and regulations. All violations occurred in Ascension and Livingston parishes over the course of the last two years.
Caveretta was enrolled in LDWF’s nuisance animal program and was a permitted nuisance alligator hunter. During the investigation, LDWF agents learned that Caveretta was using nuisance alligator complaint tags on alligators that were not nuisances. Agents found that if Caveretta was given a complaint tag for a specific nuisance alligator and if that alligator was too small or if he couldn’t find that particular alligator, that he would use the nuisance tag on a larger alligator taken from a different area than the original complaint.
Agents seized 10 alligator hides, Caveretta’s remaining 13 unused alligator tags and his nuisance hunter permit. LDWF also removed Caveretta from the nuisance alligator program.
Failing to adhere to nuisance alligator program rules and regulations and failing to comply with alligator tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each count. Taking alligators without a license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each count. Taking alligators during a closed season and possessing alligator skins and parts each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each count.
Agents participating in the case are Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Senior Agent Clarence Marques and Senior Agent Garrett Kimble.