|I don't have much to say about it. Right now the only thing I can say is too bad this didn't happen in NC, because SC poaching laws are way to easy. In NC the fine is $2000 and 6months in jail for each plant.[/QUOTE]|
Hmm, $2k x 100 = $200k and 50 years in prison. Yep, sounds about right to me. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
From the rate things are going, looks like wild VFTs could one day be extinct. I bet there are more plants in captivity than in the wild!
It disgusts me that someone would do that.
I actually tried to visit that exact site last year - as my fiancee & I were in Myrtle beach. We got lost and by the time we were on track it was getting dark, and we never made it there.
While down there we also noticed many places were selling illegal baby turtles.
Myrtle beach is very built up - but the surrounding areas seem very weird, poor & decrepidt - rusting trailers, etc. I don't think we will ever go back. We actually rescued 4 wet emaciated tick infested puppies some jerk had dumped by the side of the road. We brought them back up to Connecticut - the vet who checked them over said they had cigarrette burns all over them and that they had been fed deer corn. Luckily all were placed with really good homes.
On The Way Home In The Tacoma...
As for the preserve - is this a situation where they would reseed or replant the area in the spring?
I sure hope they didn't list the locations on the DNR website! Did you block out the directions or did they?
I think we should start a topic with peoples ideas on how to stop this kind of activity. I mean real ideas not hanging, beating, etc. like I've seen on this site in the past.
Education by CP clubs, reporting of questionable sources of plants for sale, things like that. We, the CP community, need to take action the DNR in most states is underfunded and just doesn't really have protecting CPs as thier primary objective.
Lets put our heads together and come up with some good ideas and maybe make a difference!
SirKristoff is a poopiehead
|I don't think we will ever go back.[/QUOTE]|
Bill, don't let the actions of a few ignorant and selfish people stop you from visiting a great place. I am from that area and I know most of the people from there are good people.
|I sure hope they didn't list the locations on the DNR website! *Did you block out the directions or did they?[/QUOTE]|
No I blacked the locations out. That's why I didn't give the website.
|I think we should start a topic with peoples ideas on how to stop this kind of activity. *I mean real ideas not hanging, beating, etc. like I've seen on this site in the past.|
Good idea, but I think I like the beating and hanging idea. Or better yet North and South Carolina both have plenty of fire ants, maybe the penelty should be tie the poacher to a fireant infested stump [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] !!!!!!!
Seriously it's a good idea, and since it's your idea you should start the topic. Let's hear your ideas first.
|Education by CP clubs, reporting of questionable sources of plants for sale, things like that.[/QUOTE]|
You can educate all the people you can, and it'll stop most of the people who wants to poach one or two plants. Education will never stop the person(s) that poached the plants in this case. There was only one motive here, and it was greed. The plants that were stolen will be sold to the public. Hopefully the poachers will try to sell the plants to us cp'ers. So everybody please watch for mature vft's sold on ebay. And think back and remember if you have seen any vft's in the past week or so for sell. Don't just concertrate on sellers from the Carolina area, the area that these plants were stolen from, is a huge vacation spot for people all over the country. The road that they were stolen from is one of the main roads that tourist take in and out of the area. So the poachers could have spent a week in Myrtle Beach, scoped out the preserve, then stopped and stole them on the way out of town. Think of any greenhouses that sells cps in the southeastern NC or north eastern SC area. If you guys can think of anything and you don't want to be the one to turn them in send the info to me and I'll do. I've already contacted the detective and gave him some ideas to chechout. I'm very familiar with the people there and I had some suspicions. So if you find something and you don't want to get involved, I'll love to pass on the info.
SirKristoff is a poopiehead
Thank you very much (You know who you are). You should be thanked publicly but I don't know if you want to be. This is as close as I can get. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]