Last spring, the story of a Dudleya smuggler in Mendocino County hit the news when an observant person noticed something odd while waiting in line at the local post office. (Here’s a link to one of the news outlets covering that story.)
Now we have our own case of Dudleya smugglers caught stealing the native succulents from the cliffs in Big Sur. Read about that story here.
In both these instances, a concerned observer noticed odd behavior and acted on it. Customs was called to check the shipments from the Post Office, and the woman observing the poachers in Big Sur took photos of the smugglers and their license plate. If you see something, say something.
John Chesnut has created a beautiful article on propagating Dudleya – you can read it here. And if you are out and about and see someone stuffing plants in to a bag or prying Dudleya’s off a cliff, contact local law enforcement or CDFW. Our local office doesn’t have a phone number, but you can send an email to AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov.
|Belmont Field Office and Laboratory||350 Harbor Blvd., Belmont, CA 94002||No general line||No general fax|
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|Sacramento Field Office||1812 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814||No general line||(916) 445-6458|
|San Diego Field Office and Laboratory||3883 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA 92123||(858) 467-4201||No general fax|
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