Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Protected species stolen and sold on ebay

Someone has been poaching orchids from Florida parks and selling them on ebay, according to this article from the Palm Beach Post last week.

"For a year and a half, the plant pilferer visited Jonathan Dickinson [state park in Hobe Sound] almost weekly, taking up to 10 plants at a time from different spots — not enough to decimate the crop or draw attention from rangers. An eBay tipster alerted authorities, who busted the 47-year-old man and found dozens of other orchids and flowers in his possession. He admitted harvesting rare orchids, according to reports, but said he got the South Florida flowers from someone else. "


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