Have you heard that incessant pounding that goes off at all hours of the night at constant intervals?
There has been lots of coverage in the news lately about the plight Louisiana is facing from the explosion in the feral hog population. They create both economic damage and pose a risk to human health. As we are a heavily wooded Parish, we are an ideal habitat for feral hogs because of the abundance of shelter and hiding places for them. The woods are also a strategic point for them to hide until they can take some food from your garden or property. To say the least, feral hogs are a huge nuisance and it is certainly understandable that property owners want to protect their investment by keeping them away.
One method of keeping feral pigs away is the use of a subsonic sound similar to a cannon shot. These subsonic sounds are created with the use of a device to produce the irritating noise at a set interval. Apparently, some Parish landowners have resorted to this tactic.
I’ve been told by a contact at the Courthouse that there have been a lot of complaints made about the noise. The Parish does have a noise ordinance and I won’t be surprised if the “hog cannons” violate that ordinance. At what point do landowner’s rights to protect their property supersede another landowner’s right to a good night’s sleep? Where I live, the pounding is very faint but it is enough to keep me awake at times. And, as I stare blindly into the darkness, the mantra “unleash the hogs” keeps running through my mind.”
The Natchitoches Parish Journal received this submission. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Natchitoches Parish Journal:
NOTE: Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office 318-357-2214. It might fall under a Parish Noise Ordiance. This office can provide information.