Last week, the Louisiana State Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 18, to create a 12-member panel to investigate what steps the panel can take to combat the negative impact caused by feral hogs. According to experts, Louisiana’s 900,000 feral hogs exist in all 64 parishes and cause $76 million in damage annually. Due to their high reproduction rate, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials estimate that based on current projections, 75 percent of the present population should be harvested to effectively manage the species.
“Because of their destructive behavior and fast reproduction, it is vital that robust hunting programs remain part of the solution to this growing problem,” said Dillon Barto, Manager of State Services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “The importance of sportsmen in this equation cannot be understated, with more than 200,000 hogs taken in last year’s hunt alone.”
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.