"Officials: Illegal Pot Growers Are a Threat To Wildlife"

"Damage done to wildlife and the environment by illegal marijuana growers is causing great concern, especially for officials with the state Department of Fish and Game."

"The evidence is growing — pesticides used on illegal marijuana grows may be sickening and killing wildlife. Specifically, a new study documents deaths of fishers, a forest carnivore of the weasel family, in remote forested areas due to rat poisons, but Fish and Game Warden Patrick Foy said the damage goes far beyond one species.

“No question. It’s not just fishers, it impacts all scavengers, all the animals that scavenge on carcasses,” said Foy.

The recent study by UC Davis Wildlife Veterinarian Deana Clifford said there is now evidence that pot grows use large quantities of pesticides and poisons and they have a longtime impact on wildlife."

Rick Elkins reports for the Porterville (CA) Recorder July 23, 2012.

Source: Porterville Recorder, 07/24/2012