Jack Montoucet
Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

State wildlife and fisheries head resigns amid federal bribery probe

Jack Montoucet
Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

BATON ROUGE — The state’s secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries abruptly resigned Friday morning, April 14, following a federal bribery case, sources confirm to Unfiltered with Kiran.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he has accepted the resignation of Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet, effective upon close of business today.

LDWF secretary Jack Montoucet was implicated in the bribery case, which revealed that a high-ranking official at the department took a kick-back from a contract with a vendor to provide hunting and boating educational services.

Montoucet and the vendor agreed that the vendor would hold all the kickbacks due to the Secretary until Montoucet retired from the LDWF.

The unravelling began in a Lafayette courtroom last month. It was there that Dusty Guidry, a former LDWF employee, pleaded guilty to three federal charges. During his plea deal, Guidry admitted that several public officials benefited from the kickbacks, according to court records.

Montoucet has not been charged or accused of any crimes. He was appointed secretary by Governor John Bel Edwards in 2017.

Before his appointment to secretary, Montoucet represented the Crowley area in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He previously owned an alligator farming business and was involved in growing and marketing the Alligator Farming Program under LDWF.

Deputy Secretary Robert Shadoin has been named the new secretary by Gov. Edwards. Before joining LDWF, Shadoin represented District 12 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a law degree from the LSU Law Center. He served as Ruston City Attorney from 1991-1994, and from 1994-2006, he was a member of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

Turkey hunting allegation

UWK has also learned that Montoucet is embroiled in another case of wrongdoing by the department after allegedly ignoring illegal turkey hunting.

Sources say a person was cited for illegally hunting a turkey by a Wildlife and Fisheries agent. The person was issued a citation and given a civil restitution fine. His turkey was also confiscated.

But a source says that Montoucet allegedly waived the restitution. Plus, a judge had ordered the turkey be destroyed. Instead, a source says Montoucet returned the turkey to the man who killed it. The source says that only a judge is allowed to waive the fine.

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