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Bear chases off marijuana farmers in Garfield County

   |  Posted Sep 3rd, 2008 @ 4:26pm


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(KSL News) Another marijuana bust in Garfield County, but this time deputies got a little help from a bear.

Yesterday the Garfield County Sheriff's Office and and the U.S. Forest Service discovered another marijuana grow; this one on the east side of Durfey Creek on Boulder Mountain.

Deputies found the typical plants, pipes and food, but what wasn't typical were the teeth and claw marks. The pipes were chewed in half, food containers were ripped apart and strewn all over and bear prints were visible throughout the camp.

"This bear is definitely law-enforcement minded," said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins. "If I can find this bear I'm going to deputize him."

Sheriff Perkins said it appears whoever was running this operation decided to abandon their efforts after repeated visits by the black bear.

"This particular bear apparently was not going to give up and basically chased these marijuana farmers away," said Sheriff Perkins. "Our county is so tough on drugs that even the wildlife is getting in on the action."

Sheriff Perkins said the grow included 4,000 "starter" sacks of marijuana, which are small plastic bags with seeds, some chemical plant food and dirt and 888 young plants.

They were all destroyed.

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