WALTHALL COUNTY – A wild hog selling and transporting operation has been shut down by Mississippi Conservation Officers in South Mississippi.
The operation was discovered when a citizen tipped off local officials to what turned out to be illegal activity.
When officials looked into the operation they arrested Christopher Miley and Mandy Miley of Franklinton LA and charged them with the importation of wild hogs, transporting wild hogs without a permit, unlawful selling of wild hogs, and trapping in Mississippi without the appropriate license.
Bethanie Toothman of Sulphur, LA and Sierra Miley of Tylertown, MS were also busted and charged with the unlawful sale of wild hogs.
“These subjects were actively trapping wild hogs in both Louisiana and Mississippi, transporting them to their holding pen in Walthall County, then selling them, live, to individuals across the southern Mississippi and Louisiana,” said Major Lane Bell.
Hogs are extremely destructive to personal property, agricultural property and public health.
According to the USDA hogs contribute to $1.5 billion in property damage each year. They also carry hundreds of diseases and viruses that can affect other wildlife and domestic animals, as well as humans.
For more information on hunting and outdoors in Mississippi, visit www.mdwfp.com or call 601-432-2199.