UPDATE: Wilmington residents outraged by stolen Venus Flytraps

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Submitted: Fri, 05/31/2013 - 10:13pm
Updated: Sat, 06/01/2013 - 12:42am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Alderman Park was a place that students from nearby Alderman Elementary could come to view the Venus Flytraps’ beauty, and learn about the carnivorous plants, up until now.

“I looked around and it looked like they pulled roots,” Alderman Elementary student Dean Culbreth said.

He visited the park often with his classmates, but now he says it doesn’t look the same to him.

“It’s like, half is just not there anymore,” he adds.

Nearly 90% of the park’s Venus Flytrap population is missing. Geologist Phil Garwood says this loss is devastating.

“If you break part of a chain, the chain gets weaker. So what happens here, if you start taking part of this away, it will weaken the rest of the environment,” he says.

But Garwood is hopeful about rebuilding the sanctuary.

“I think that from every crisis, comes a moment when things are going to just take off. I think in a way, we’re going to do much better now,” he adds.

With words of encouragement, and donations pouring in from all over the world, success is only a few blooms away.

Garwood says “people from British Columbia, Virginia, Europe, have already e-mailed us saying, ‘what can we do to help?'”

Garwood says they are coming up with new ways to make sure these plants will stay put.

Anyone with information on who may be stealing the Venus Flytraps is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department.

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4 Comments on "UPDATE: Wilmington residents outraged by stolen Venus Flytraps"

2015 years 8 months ago

For anyone selling these plants at a yard-sale/Flea-Market….
HOPEFULLLY,( Some-one in the PUBLIC will spot them at either a flea-market/yard-sale/craigslist) these AND the other plants that were taken, ATTENTION THIEF YOUR PUT ON NOTICE:…

More and more frequently, public lands acquired with the goal of plant conservation in mind, have become popular hunting grounds for the flytrap. To discourage this practice, the NCDA&CS and The Nature Conservancy are teaming on a relatively new marking program to identify Venus flytrap plants removed from public lands.

“We are able to use fluorescent orange powder, which doesn’t harm the plant or people, to mark the plants,” Gadd said. “If inspectors spot the dye in even one plant in a single shipment, the entire shipment can be confiscated.”

PLUS: for these THIEVES of PUBLIC Property…
Once spotted, the plants are dusted with the sticky dye that will let inspectors know the plants came from public lands. The dye is not always visible to the naked eye, but can be illuminated later by inspectors using special equipment.

This marking effort is an offshoot of a program started 10 years ago in the mountains of North Carolina that has led to the successful prosecution of ginseng poachers.

Floks, this is a “disappearing” plant only GROWS around here, it belongs too ALL of NC, We are willing to share off-spring, but PLEASE don’t STEAL from ALL of us AND Future Generations!
People; Whom done this are Lower than What the Fly-Trap excretes!

2015 years 8 months ago

now they have all been burned and destroyed…thieves are TOTALLY stupid!

2015 years 8 months ago

why bother and why care seems wilmington, new hanover, and pender county do not. .. proof they have allowed developers to under cut thousand of these plants the latest being in topsail next to topsail high school, where county officals allowed almost a quarter acre to be undercut and these beautiful plants be plowed under the dirt killing tons of them … seems the only time people care about these plants is when someone steals them thats it in the wild and when it comes to development nobody cares not even the county officals that are crying about this .. i would also like to mention the thousands that were killed with the developement of river road again where were the officals then they hid to allow the plants to be once again killed off by developers ….

2015 years 8 months ago

Why, I would wager that your homesite at one time was home to these plants. Shame on you for destroying them.