Poachers threaten rare wild-growing venus flytrap
Jan 25, 2012, 5:42 PM
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.
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