Story of the Day 03/10/2014

This one comes from WWL Radio in New Orleans.

Louisiana has apparently such an overpopulation of feral hogs that it's become a problem. How big a problem? Well, big enough that the "state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana."

If that sentence conjures up images of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, rest assured, it won't be quite that awesome. Bo Boehringer, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the hogs won't be sniped from afar with mounted machine guns.

The tech is very close range, with shotguns - no high-powered rifles.

Just for kicks... Here's the classic scene that popped in my mind when I first heard about this story. Oh, and if more of an Apocalypse Now type of person, don't worry. I'm sure there'll be plenty of opportunities for a hunter to yell they love the smell of feral hog carcasses in the morning.