More than 80 hunters arrested on baiting raid at club

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, September 11, 2007

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) — More than 80 hunters were arrested by state and federal game wardens who conducted a baiting raid on a hunting and fishing club near Donaldsonville, according to state and federal officials.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Baton Rouge and the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Monday confirmed the raid had taken place at the Palo Alto Gun and Rod Club on Sunday, but deferred releasing details until their offices finished preparing charges.

Club officials did not immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

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Robert “Bubba” Lemann, manager of Palo Alto, refused to comment Monday to The Times-Picayune.

The federal citation process, which involves a review of field reports by a U.S. Attorney and possible grand jury presentation, could take several weeks, said Lyman Thornton III, first assistant U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge.