The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement arrested a Denham Springs man for alleged wildlife violations on May 16 in Iberville Parish.
Agents cited David A. Kavarita, 59, was accused of taking a crocodile from other unauthorized areas, taking a four-legged out of the game during closed hunting season, possessing fur-bearing animals without a license, and violating trade rules and regulations.
The agents began an investigation on April 24, 2022 in Cavaretta after receiving information that he was trapping and harvesting nuisance animals for a chemical plant in Aberville Parish without the proper permits or licenses for nuisance animals.
After investigation, it was determined that Kavaretta had been operating as a nuisance control operator for the chemical company for several months without any of the required nuisance control operator permits or alligator tags.
Kafrita was also previously cited and convicted of various violations of crocodile hunting in 2016.
LDWF agents obtained a search warrant at Cavaretta’s residence, cell phone and taxidermy shop. The agents also obtained an arrest warrant for more than 400 counts of his illegal operations. On May 16, LDWF agents executed the warrants, arrested Cavaretta, and locked him up in Iberville Parish prison. There may be other fees outstanding.
Taking alligators from other non-certified areas and taking the quadrupeds out of game during a closed season brings a fine of $400 to $950 and a 120-day prison sentence for each offense. Possession of fur animals without a license is punishable by a fine of between $250 and $500 and a prison term of 90 days for each offense. Violation of business rules and regulations results in a fine of up to $350 for each offense.
The agents involved in the case are Sgt. Thomas Ashley, Corporal Luke Langley, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Sgt. Dale Wheat and Corporal Chelsea Kling.