There was an article posted yesterday via twitter (@NCState) and it has popped up a few times today as well on my news feeds. This article titled “Feral Pigs Can Carry Nasty Bacteria” wasn’t just about some bacteria strain discovered by NC State; it was about all of the circumstances surrounding the spread of such bacteria.
Before you tune out, consider this: NC State was founded to serve the people of North Carolina. This is a great example of that. What this research found was that the bacteria, alone, is bad enough, but when you consider that people have been artificially bringing in feral pigs into new areas to increase the amount of game they can hunt, you begin to see why this is of concern to all people in North Carolina and the surrounding regions. These are the kinds of animals that can spread disease to other animals (like pets), eat almost anything (gardens, shrubs, other household plants and food sources), and multiply rapidly. I’m not saying it’s a problem of pandemic proportions, but it is a problem that someone has to look at. NC State answers that call.
Just remember when you hear your peers jawing at NC State for being “Moo U” or “Cow College” that when institutions like Carolina “invest in silly research”, it’s to write a paper or look at a collection of literature. When NC State ‘invests in silly research’ it’s to serve the people of NC.