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.