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2011-04-25 14:09:54

The nation's feral pig population continues to expand, increasing the potential for interaction with humans and domestic swine "“ and for spreading diseases. Researchers at North Carolina State University examined feral pigs from eastern North Carolina to determine exposure to two parasites that can be transmitted from animals to people "“ Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) and Trichinella. The study found that wild pigs host a significant number of these parasites. "If ingested by...

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2011-04-20 07:30:17

Mediterranean landscapes have undergone great change in recent decades, but species have adapted to this, at least in the case of roe deer, Spanish ibex, red deer and wild boar. This has been shown by Spanish researchers who have analyzed the effects of changes in land use on the past, present and future distribution of these species. "In the last few decades there has been an increase in the area of distribution of wild ungulates", explains Pelayo Acevedo, lead author of the study and...

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2011-04-04 22:53:16

Fossil teeth show who ate what and when as grasses emergedFossil teeth of African animals show that during the past 10 million years, different plant-eating critters began grazing on grass at different times as many switched from a salad-bar diet of tree leaves and shrubs, says a University of Utah study.The first animals to hit the hay "“ technically warm-season grasses known as C4 plants "“ were zebras' ancestors, starting 9.9 million years ago. Next, some but not all rhinos...

2011-03-23 07:59:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced he has lifted protection on feral swine in Bedford County and has issued an updated executive order to allow for the incidental taking of feral swine statewide by licensed hunters. "This decision to lift protection in Bedford County is based on the need to continue to take feral swine in this area, and we have not identified opportunities for trapping in...

2011-02-08 07:00:00

DANVERS, Mass., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Winning Moves Games, a leading maker of board games, card games and puzzles, launches an array of titles at the American International Toy Fair, Feb. 13-16. Specializing in family fun, the Company is proud to unveil Pass The Pigs® Pig Party Edition, The Game of Life® It's a Dog's Life® Edition, a new line of puzzles called TouchTwisterz(TM) and the re-introduction of The Game of...

2011-01-26 12:21:48

Superbugs are not just a problem in hospitals but could be also coming from our animal farms. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Microbiology indicates insects could be responsible for spreading antibiotic resistant bacteria from pigs to humans. Ludek Zurek and collaborators from Kansas and North Carolina State Universities isolated bacteria from farm pig feces and compared them to the bacteria present in the intestines of the house flies and German cockroaches...

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2010-03-25 09:25:00

Despite reductions in brain size, domestication has not reduced the ability of guinea pigs to navigate a water maze. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology tested domesticated and wild animals ('cavies') and found that they both performed well at the test, with the domestic animals actually being slightly superior. Lars Lewejohann worked with a team of researchers from the University of Mnster, Germany, to investigate the differing abilities of the...

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2010-03-19 08:09:52

Feeding the amino acid tryptophan to young female pigs as part of their regular diet makes them less aggressive and easier to manage, according to a study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators. The tryptophan-enhanced diet reduced aggression and overall behavioral activity among young female pigs during the 8-month study. Tryptophan, which is only acquired through diet, is the precursor for the calming cerebral neurotransmitter serotonin. Keeping swine calm is...

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2009-12-09 11:35:00

The castration of pigs prevents the "boar taint" smell in the meat and allows them to contain more fat. However in practice this can be very different. Now, for the first time, a scientific team has collected information on the conditions of castration on European pigs. The main conclusion of the study, that forms part of the PIGCAS project, is that these animals are castrated directly by the livestock farmers, without anesthetic and in some cases, without respecting the European...

2009-07-25 11:21:15

Residents of a Florida town say they regard a 150-pound wild pig that has avoided capture as a kind of hero. The pig has a Facebook page, in which supporters describe the Panama City, Fla., animal as libertarian hero and an outlaw striking a blow for freedom, The New York Times reported Saturday. One pig fan, 62-year-old real estate developer Mary Sittman, wrote on the page, Is the pig a symbol of our desire to live free of government controls? She told the Times the outlaw oinker had to be a...