Bringing home the bacon: High school students compete in hog-trapping challenge

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by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM

LAREDO, Texas -- Agriculture students at Nixon High School were given a unique yearlong assignment: solve a problem in the community. 

They decided to find a way to trap feral hogs, which pose a serious problem for local ranchers. 

"They'll just take their nose and they'll just tear up the ground and they can do just a world of damage,” says agriculture and science teacher George Green.

Three teams of ten students designed and built traps. After a year of hard work, they're finally ready to do some hog catchin'.

The hog traps captured the attention of local businesses, who decided to sponsor a hog-catching competition. So far, local businesses have donated more than $500 in prize money. 

Trapped hogs will be sold and the proceeds donated to the Future Farmers of America. 

The teams are tied, as all have yet to catch a hog, but they have until the end of the school year to determine a winner. 

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