SCIENCE

Poachers threaten rare wild-growing venus flytrap

Jan 25, 2012, 5:42 PM

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The venus flytrap’s struggle for survival in the wild along coast of the Carolinas faces an added threat from poachers looking to make a buck by uprooting and selling them.

North Carolina wildlife enforcement officer Matt Criscoe says three people were arrested this week and charged with uprooting an endangered species without permission, a misdemeanor. Criscoe says they took about 200 plants, which they expected to sell for about 10 cents apiece.

A spokeswoman for the nonprofit group The Nature Conservancy says that roadside stands sell the plants for about $15 each.

The species grows wild only in the sandy soils within about 100 miles of the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Science

This illustration provided by NASA depicts the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu. On Wedn...

Associated Press

NASA recovers asteroid samples in largest haul of material from beyond the moon

NASA’s first asteroid samples fetched from deep space parachuted into the Utah desert Sunday to cap a seven-year journey.

8 months ago

(Dave Ellis/The Free Lance-Star via AP)...

Corbin Carson

Children’s brains are most elastic, moldable in their first 20 years

New research shows that human brains are most elastic in the first two decades of life.

9 years ago

FILE – This Oct. 21, 1954 file photo shows Dr. Frederick C. Robbins, new chief of pediatrics ...

Associated Press

Human fetal tissue long used for variety of medical studies

Controversy over Planned Parenthood's supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science.

9 years ago

Malik Muhammad raises his fist during a demonstration calling for the firing and indictment of Texa...

Associated Press

Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there.

9 years ago

Associated Press

Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious.

9 years ago

William “Bill” Kelso, Director of Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virg...

Associated Press

Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown

Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.

9 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Poachers threaten rare wild-growing venus flytrap