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Feral hogs, like this one, have been spotted in all 64 parishes in the state. The state’s newly formed Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force will have its second meeting on January 12 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters in Baton Rouge. (Photo courtesy of LDWF)

Feral hog task force holds first session

The state’s newly formed task force is working to control the state’s popluation of some very destructive squatters —feral hogs.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries veterinarian Jim LaCour said, “They (hogs) are all over the state. They have been seen in all 64 parishes, and in some more than others.”

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Parish on track to cut 17 employees

St. Landry Parish Government is on track to cut 17 jobs as part of a plan to bring spending in line with revenue.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said nine people were off the payroll as of Wednesday’s Administrative-Finance Committee meeting.
Another six jobs will be eliminated within seven days, he said.
Some of the employees were eligible for retirement and others have leave time, which had to be cleared from the books, he said.
The staff reduction is part of plan to deal with an operating deficit, which was projected to be about $700,000 at the end of 2016.

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Recreation interests pushed change in leadership at LDWF

After a year of fighting the former wildlife and fisheries secretary on a number of fronts, recreational interests are hopeful for 2017 as state Rep. Jack Montoucet of Crowley takes over the top hunting and fishing regulatory job in Louisiana.
Montoucet, an alligator farmer by trade and a former fire chief, replaces Charlie Melancon, who was forced out of the secretary position after getting crossways on red snapper management issues with the Edwards Administration, Congressman Garret Graves, the Louisiana chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and others.

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J.D. Soileau stands on the front porch of his truly remarkable bousillage (mud made from a mixture of moss, dirt and water) house in Point Blue. Soileau was given the home, which is roughly 180 years old, by Woodrow Veillon in 1992 and he has since then filled it with antiques he has collected over the years. (Ville Platte Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Point Blue bousilage house is a living museum

By Elizabeth West
Ville Platte Gazette
POINT BLUE — There is a unique home that brings life to a part of the beloved French history and culture of Evangeline Parish.
Positioned right along Bayou des Cannes in Point Blue is a bousillage (mixture of clay and moss) house that is roughly 180 years old, which through its fine details provides a glimpse into the unbelievable craftmanship of the home’s builders — a Chataignier family.
In 1992, this home fell into the hands of J.D. Soileau — a man who has a passion for collecting antiques.

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