AgFax Wildlife Review: Wild Hogs Damaging Levees in Louisiana

    Wildlife experts in the New Orleans area say wild hogs are causing damage to levees built to protect the region from hurricanes.

    The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West reportedly has sought the help of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to deploy off-duty sharpshooters, who would work 4-5 hour shifts.

    Following Hurricane Katrina, sheriff’s snipers helped manage the nutria population and the influx of other animals following the storm.

    Also in Louisiana, LSU AgCenter researchers are beginning to look at baits containing sodium nitrite as a way to control the wild hog populations in the state.

    In Virginia, there is concern that the wild hog population is growing, according to a report. “Hunting pens are illegal and there is no strong hog hunting tradition in the state, helping keep the population distributions and densities still relatively low compared to neighboring states like Tennessee and North Carolina,” reported.



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