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Feral hogs take down

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This month Wildlife and Fisheries is enlisting the help of skilled marksmen to rid Louisiana's marsh and upland areas of feral hogs due to the trouble they're causing in southern parts of Louisiana.

"It's getting so bad that we've received a lot of complaints in different subdivisions that are next to the wooded areas in town where feral hogs are going into people's yards at night and uprooting an entire lawn," says Captain Bobby Buatt at Wildlife and Fisheries.

Marksmen will make use of the air using helicopters to fly over fields for one day. The shoot is expected to happen this week depending upon the weather. 

Local hunters might be disappointed since they will be prevented from taking down the hogs themselves in three sections of the Sherburn Wildlife Management Area. This area is located in St. Martin, Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes.

"We are going to have people posted. There's basically one road going to most of these areas where we are shooting. We are going to have agents, wildlife technicians and wildlife biologists posted at the roads. We're not going to let anyone in that area," says Tony Vidrine, Region Manager. After wildlife and fisheries hit their marks, what happens to the animals? "We have to leave the hogs wherever they are killed," says Vidrine.

He also says not disposing of the hogs' bodies is a sensitive topic, but Vidrine says it's for a good reason. ""We've tested the hogs for Swine Brucellosis and we've gotten a certain percent back positive with that disease so we can't give them to the public, we can't give them to food banks. We just have to leave them in the woods," says Vidrine.

He says this is the largest population of wild hogs they've seen in a while and if their plan doesn't work, Vidrine says they will have to find another method of getting rid of the hogs.

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