The Louisiana Wildlife Commission is pushing for defeat of Louisiana House Bill 167, which would allow hunting of feral hogs 24 hours a day on private property, including during the night in the middle of deer season.
According to an LWF release, the organization “has opposed similar bills for the past three years because of the difficulty in enforcement on illegal hunting activity.”
Feral hogs are a growing threat to many areas in the state, especially rural farming areas where they eat and breed with little containment and have few natural enemies.
But hunting them at night puts pressure on Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement division agents, who are charged with controlling illegal hunting.
“Poaching is a serious threat to our natural resources and wildlife management,” the release said. “Night hunting puts wildlife on the move at night. The compromise of laws and regulations we have now that allows hunting of feral hogs needs to remain as it is.”
Farmers and other landowners can apply for a free LDWF permit that allows them to hunt feral hogs at night from September until February. A female hog can give birth to as many as 20 piglets per year, and they are considered an outlaw quadruped.
To find out more about the proposed bill, visit http://lacamo.org.