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Hog Warning

Feral hogs have become quite common in Louisiana and are routinely harvested by hunters. Unfortunately, they carry several disease which are contagious to people, including swine, brucellosis, and leptospirosis. Currently, LDWF’s serological surveillance indicates a 3.5% occurrence of swine brucellosis in feral hogs and nearly 80% have been exposed to leptospirosis. These diseases cause serious illness in humans and may possibly result in death. To reduce the risk of contracting these diseases, people handling or dressing feral hogs should take the necessary precautions. We are not accepting wild hogs through our Hunters For The Hungry Processor Program.


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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, red deer, moose, and caribou. It is infectious, always fatal, and there is no treatment. It’s part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (mad cow disease) in cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue, which leads to excessive salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation, and death of the animal. Effective March 2, 2017, no person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating outside of Louisiana unless certain criteria is met.