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Penalty for removing Venus flytraps could increase

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WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) -- The Venus flytrap, one of only six carnivorous plants native to the United States and one that has special significance to Craven County, gets added protection in a bill passed by the N.C. General Assembly.

It would make poaching the flytrap, a plant that catches and digests small insects and is native to parts of Eastern North Carolina, a class H felony as of Dec. 1. Flytraps exist in parts of the Croatan National Forest.

It is already a misdemeanor to take the plant, which the North Carolina History Project’s encyclopedia says now number as few as 35,000 left in their natural habitat.

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It's a sad day in North

It's a sad day in North Carolina when poaching a plant his punished more harshly than drunk driving. Raleigh has screwed up priorities.

Apples and Oranges

Your comment makes no sense. Theft of pine straw in NC is a (class H) Felony. Comparing flora such as flytraps and pine straw makes sense.

Grab a six-pack (or 12, your choice) and knock 'em back as you ride down to Boiling Spring Lakes to poach a few flytraps. Then, while in a drunken stupor, cause a wreck where there is a serious injury. Are you saying that you will get in more trouble for having the poached plants in your car than the DWI?

Poaching a venus flytrap is

Poaching a venus flytrap is a felony. No one is injured or killed because of poaching a plant. DWI, which can injure and kill people, is a misdemeanor. So, yes you would get in more trouble for the poached plant.