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Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 11:06am.

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- As summer approaches and more people trek into the woods, the US Forest Service warns hikers and others to be careful if they find someone growing marijuana on federal land. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports authorities found about 38,000 marijuana plants on national forest land in North Carolina in the year ending Oct. 30, with the numbers inflated because of a large bust. The year before, 3,000 plants were found. The agency says signs of marijuana growing include hoses or drip lines in unusual places, trails in odd locations and armed people out of hunting season. Foresters say if someone encounters a suspected marijuana field, they should try to note a landmark or GPS coordinate and leave immediately, then notify authorities from a safe place. --- Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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