Robert Butler has lived in the Martin Luther King Jr. community in Shreveport for 60 years, but recently wild hogs have become his new neighbor.
“We live around here. We’ve seen things like that. It’s getting to be a plague now. It’s getting to be a nuissance.”
He just saw a group of hogs Sunday night.
“Probably 30 or 40 at one time.”
Altrenete Jeter has also come across the wild animals in her own yard.
She says,”Coming home from the store one evening about seven of them chased me. I couldn’t even get into my house.”
The hogs have even made an appearance at Southern University Shreveport. According to Caddo Animal Services nearly 30 have been captured near the school.
Caddo’s Animal Services director, Kelvin Samuel says this is a serious issue. Hogs can breed and multiply quickly, carry diseases and can be vicious. When neighbors see hogs they shouldn’t feed them or approach them.
He adds the hog problem isn’t unique to north Shreveport. It’s also been an issue in other parts of the parish.
The parish has contracted with an outside company to set up cameras to determine how many hogs are in the MLK area and once that’s determined more traps will be set up in that community..