GRETNA— Feral hogs are the latest foe being taken on by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Hogs on the parish’s west bank are rooting up grass that keeps wind and rain from eroding levees and would hold the levees together if the river rose above their tops.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West says damage averages $4,000 per incident.

So it’s paying the sheriff’s office $25,000 for a year’s worth of pig-killing posses. Four deputies will go out to the levees twice a week to kill hogs, according to a news release.

“We understand it’s virtually impossible to eradicate the problem completely. However,

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