“The illegal activity of growing and harvesting marijuana on public lands has occurred in recent years and is expected to continue,” the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service informs Wisconsin hunters heading into Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “National Forest and other public lands are being used for these illegal operations as they are often vast, uninhabited acres the growers find have the right conditions for their illegal operations.” Bottom line: “Drug Trafficking Organization marijuana growers are dangerous and are known to carry firearms!” Helpfully enough, the feds provide 411 on how to identify these sites (hint: lots of marijuana plants) and what actions to take if you encounter one . . .
Indicators of illegal marijuana grow sites include:
– Isolated tents in the forest where no other recreational activity is present
– Garden tools, bags of fertilizer, and large amounts of garbage
– Signs of cultivation/soil disturbances in unlikely areas
– 1 to 2 acre cleared areas with stumps up to approximately 3 feet tall
If you encounter a site, or unusual circumstances you should take these actions immediately:
– Leave the area as quickly and quietly as possible
– Do your best to know your location by use of landmarks or waypoints
– Notify local law enforcement authorities, if on National Forest you can also notify the local Ranger District Office.
Authorities will continue to work together to decrease this unlawful and damaging activity. Your assistance is important to help stop marijuana growing in your National Forest.
How bad is the problem? jsonline.com offers a not-so-surprising snapshot:
For the last three summers, large marijuana operations have been discovered in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. In each of those busts, law enforcement made numerous arrests, almost all natives of Mexico here illegally. Confiscated weapons included handguns, AK-47s and a .308-caliber rifle with ammunition magazines taped together.
Taped together magazines? That is serious! Anyway, once again, as with FEMA’s emergency supply list at ready.gov, the feds fail to mention the unique advantages of carrying a firearm for personal defense in the face of a lethal threat.
We know better, yes?
One thing: if you end-up in a gunfight with a pack of environment-destroying undocumented dope growers, just remember that the USDA Forest Service prohibits “discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun within 1000 feet [of] the lakeshore or buildings.” [h/t mudroomreport.com]