Moss Bluff and Sulphur residents have been going hog wild as destructive feral pigs have become a nuisance causing thousands of dollars in damage to property. Last year, residents of Sulphur and Westlake began hunting and trapping the wild pigs while residents of Moss Bluff have witnessed the "swine-vasion" this year.

Kori Legleu, a wildlife biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said that she has gotten numerous reports over the years. Thanks to a new law signed into place last year, Louisiana residents will no longer need a state license to shoot or trap wild pigs.

However, hunting and trapping in the city limits would still require a valid hunting license.

"You cannot be inside city limits, you need a valid hunting license, and you must notify sheriff's dept in advance" said Legleu. "It's one of those things where, if it's your land, you have the right to protect it from the pigs. We just don't have the manpower and equipment to get them all."

Damaged crops, rooted up gardens and destroyed property in rural and suburban areas of Southwest Louisiana are just some of the destructive problems --which property owners carrying any type of weapon-- now have a proposed solution.

Legleu said hunters with "hog dogs" will come out and catch them for free and butcher them.

Kori Legleu  can be reached at the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries (337) 491-257,5 ext. 3021 for any further information, questions or concerns.

Citizens can hunt and trap the wild hogs from the last day of February through last day of August, according to Legleu.

"Unfortunately, the feral pigs are a problem that is here to stay," she said. " It's tremendous and I don't know if we are ever going to get rid of them.