BATON ROUGE, LA — A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was honored at the Dec. 6 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.
Shikar-Safari Club International presented their Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Capt. Robert Buatt, 50, of Egan in Acadia Parish. The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.
Buatt has been with LDWF for 21 years and recently was promoted to captain of the Lake Charles Office which is in charge of patrolling Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Cameron and Vermilion parishes.
Buatt received the award partly for his role in investigating a case that led to a second degree murder conviction and coordinating successful search and rescue mission in the Gulf of Mexico south of Marsh Island in which a shrimp boat sank and officials were able to rescue two men.
“Capt. Buatt’s intuition and experience with hunting incidents directly changed a hunting accident into a homicide investigation. His thorough investigation provided overwhelming evidence for a murder conviction,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “He also coordinated a search and rescue mission off the coast of Vermilion Parish involving agents from three different regions. These accomplishments as well as his day to day professionalism make him deserving of this prestigious award.”