Posted: Mar 7, 2014 4:13 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Mar 7, 2014 6:00 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - People in West Feliciana Parish are trying their best to knock down the feral hog population.
Feral hogs cause destruction to land around Louisiana giving farmers and hunters headaches. The hogs cause millions of dollars of damage across the Southeastern United States, according to the LSU AgCenter. The AgCenter estimates around 500,000 wild hogs call Louisiana home.
Hunters like Ben Roussel in West Feliciana say the hogs have become a nuisance.
"By the time you spend on cultivating the land and everything, buying the seed and putting it down, fertilizing and you see your stuff coming up and you're getting ready for it, then one night they tear it all up," he said.
Wild hogs eat anything they can find, destroying land in the process. One woman in West Feliciana showed News 2 how hogs tore up her back yard. People are trapping and hunting feral hogs, but that's not holding back the growing number of hogs.
"We'll take them out as needed, but even during the summer time we'll put feed out for them and try to get as many as we can. It's almost like you can't get rid of them fast enough," said Roussel.
Hogs can have up to two litters a year, producing around six piglets each time. The AgCenter says 75 to 85 percent of hogs would have to be eliminated to control the population.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hunt feral hogs from helicopters next week in Iberville and Pointe Coupee Parishes.