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October 31, 2012

AU prof to study wild pig problem in Morocco

— AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University is going to help out with a pig problem in the north African nation of Morocco.

Auburn professor Steve Ditchkoff has received an $80,000 grant from the Moroccan government to help study and curb its growing population of wild pigs.

The swine can cause environmental damage and make life tougher for domestic livestock and wildlife.

Ditchkoff will conduct a pilot study of a pig trapping method developed by a graduate student. The goal is to see whether it can be adapted to help round up pigs in Morocco.

Ditchkoff says wild pigs are native to Morocco, but the booming population is presenting a growing threat to small farmers.


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