- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MONROE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s agriculture commissioner has suspended the sale of poison for feral hogs because Louisiana black bears might eat it.

The poison, called Kaput, was scheduled for sale in Louisiana this summer. Commissioner Mike Strain tells news outlets he halted those plans after seeing a video showing how easily bears can open baited feeders. The Louisiana black bear was removed from the “threatened” list just over a year ago.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has estimated Louisiana is home to more than 600,000 or more feral hogs, second only to Texas. The hogs destroy crops including sugarcane, soybeans and corn, doing an estimated $76 million damage a year to agriculture in Louisiana.

Strain says authorities don’t want to hit non-targeted species and won’t quit until a solution is found.

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