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Published April 11, 2011, 05:18 AM

Officials hope Louisiana the endpoint for destructive prickly pear pest

CACTUS CANAL, La. — Federal agricultural workers carrying blow torches move slowly down the bank of an old oil canal, burning every prickly pear cactus they come across in hope of killing off a cactus-eating pest that’s been on a tear across the Gulf Coast and is moving west.

By: Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

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