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Hunter handbook warns against trespassing

Last Modified: Monday, March 03, 2014 11:05 AM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

If someone hunting wild hogs has to cross private property to reach a lease property where the hogs were seen, can they shoot and run dogs over that private property? Isn’t this trespassing?

If the hunters don’t have the property owner’s permission, it is.

And the state’s hunting regulations handbook makes that point clear on Page 9, which says it’s considered criminal trespass “to enter upon immovable property owned by another without express, legal, or implied authorization.”

The handbook lists two exceptions, saying “the following persons may enter or remain upon such property, unless specifically forbidden to do so by the owner or other person with authority, either orally or in writing”:

“The owner of domestic livestock or his employees or agents while in the process of retrieving his domestic livestock that have escaped from an area fenced to retain such livestock.”

“The owner of a domestic animal while in the sole process of merely retrieving his domestic animal from such property and not having a firearm or other weapon in his possession.”

Online: www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

Officials will visit trash can scofflaws

We live in Carlyss on a narrow street. The people across the street leave their garbage cans anywhere from one to three days or longer behind our driveway after the garbage has been picked up.

We have reported these people, and they come out and tag the garbage cans and talk to the people. But it hasn’t helped. Is there anything more that can be done?

Just keep reporting the violations.

“Residents served under the parish’s contract for garbage collection are encouraged to remove their garbage cans from the right of way by 7 p.m. on the day of collection, in accordance with the parish’s Solid Waste Management Manual,” Allen Wainwright, parish public works director, said in a statement forwarded to The Informer.

“The vast majority of residents abide by this guideline. Where this is not the case, a parish representative can make additional visits to attempt to resolve the problem upon the filing of a complaint.”

To report violations, call parish public works officials at 721-3700.

Residents of Sulphur and Lake Charles can similarly report violations of their cities’ trash can ordinances to their municipal public works departments.

In Lake Charles, call 491-1334; in Sulphur, call 528-9534.

Online: www.municode.com.

Upper-level rails coming to coliseum

With all the wonderful renovations going on at Burton Coliseum, when are they going to install safety railing up and down the aisles?

“The greatest challenge regarding this issue has been locating the handrail that would meet specifications to be placed in existing aisles yet also be code compliant, but this problem was recently solved,” Jason Barnes, Burton Complex manager, said in a statement forwarded to The Informer.

He said parish officials are ordering rails for all upper-section aisles in the coliseum. The installation, Barnes said, should be finished in May, “in time for the hosting of numerous high school and college graduations.”

The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.

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