Study blames pot farms for poisoning spotted owls

“Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the California Academy of Sciences tested 10 northern spotted owls found dead in the region. Seven of the owls tested positive for rat poison, used by pot farmers to keep rodents away from their irrigation systems and crops.” “California officials argue that legalization will allow them to …

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Legalizing Marijuana and Impacts on The PSICC National Forest

For my California NCFP friends: hope this doesn’t happen to you…(my italics). This is from an editorial in the Colorado Springs Gazette here that touches on some of the problems we are experiencing here. I personally agree with legalization, but we can’t pretend that unexpected problems don’t exist, and we need to consider that some …

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Watch Out For Pot Growers: Weapons and Chemicals

Here’s a news story from California. Below is an excerpt. When deputies arrived on scene they located a large marijuana growing operation containing 5,266 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 1′ to 4′ in height. They also located an armed suspect in the garden who was arrested. The suspect was identified as Andres Montes-Deoca, …

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Rat Poison is the new DDT and Marijuana is the Problem: Column by Char Miller

Here’s the link and below is an excerpt. The fisher is of particular interest. Despite its name, the furry mammal does not live in or near the coast but instead occupies remote, closed-canopy forests, sites that are prime landscapes for illegal marijuana grows. Akin to a weasel, it pursues a wide diet ranging from fruits …

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Lawmakers, Utah sheriffs want to rein in renegade BLM, Forest Service officers

In a way, this is off the topic, but my feeling is that we have a patchwork of federal and state and private lands and any problems and mistrust among the authorities can reverberate across topic areas. I have to wonder why this is an issue in Utah and neighboring parts of Colorado, and not …

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