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Poaching Threatens Rare Plants And Animals


December 18, 2017

Courtesy Photo

The eastern bog turtle is also at risk from habitat loss and poaching. (Photos courtesy Gary Peeples)

We entered Pisgah National Forest on U.S. 276 in Pisgah Forest, just like thousands of people do every year. I was travelling with a botanist and we had a very specific destination in mind. After a couple of miles, she turned the pickup truck onto a gravel road, then a bit further along, pulled to the side of the road.

Getting out and looking around, the spot looked like so many other spots across Pisgah National Forest. You probably couldn't find a more non-descript spot on the forest. But the botanist led on, and we hiked straight into the forest, and after a while, something did change...

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