Louisiana's Governor Jindal signed legislation to allow private property owners to hunt outlaw quadrupeds at night. Outlaw quadrupeds include; coyote, feral hogs, and armadillos. This bill will allow the night hunting from March through August. The new law went into effect August 15th. Property owners will have through the end of the month, then will have to wait until next March to night hunt again.
The outlaw quadrupeds are hard to trap, and it is unsafe to try to poison them as there might be other wildlife that gets poisoned as well. The feral hogs do a lot of crop damage and are nocturnal animals. Their numbers have been growing in Morehouse Parish.
Property owners that want to take part in the night hunting must have a current hunting license and give the Morehouse Parish sheriff's office 24 hours notice of their hunting plans. Capt. Alan Bankston with LDWF Enforcement Region 2 said hunters should be certain of their target, as the protected Louisiana black bear can easily be mistaken for a hog -- especially at night. Killing a black bear can lead to civil and criminal penalties. From BastropEnterprise.com .