You're dead right - exactly what I thought. Don't worry, be happy! If you
really have to worry about something, there's plenty of snakes, spiders and
other creatures out there that do a lot more harm than a single dope plant
or its grower.
From: Bob & Sadhana Cook <>
Date: Thursday, 8 July 1999 8:27
Subject: Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots
>I was about to respond to this matter, but you have most eloquently
>expressed exactly my feelings. My God! One whole dope plant!!!!
>> From: Lawrence E. Conole <>
>> Subject: Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots
>> Date: Thursday, 8 July 1999 15:04
>> --- Muir Environmental <> wrote:
>> > I've been told nature reserves and national parks are popular places
>> > for
>> > people to grow marihuana plants (or plantations!) - often well away
>> > from
>> > vehicle tracks, etc. I'm just mentioning this because birds like
>> > The owners are undoubtedly potentially dangerous - there's money
>> > (often a
>> > lot) at stake....
>> > Reporting such sightings - what do others think?
>> I think perspective is the missing ingredient.
>> Single Cannabis plants in the middle of nowhere are common enough -
>> I've seen plenty while walking across country - but I wouldn't want
>> birders getting paranoid about being 'done in' by dangerous drug
>> barons!!! Plenty of dopeheads grow their own in just this fashion, and
>> are unlikely to upset the harmony of your birding trip in any
>> significant way. If you come across a sizeable plantation - sure, get
>> out of the area promptly - but the odd individual plant is hardly worth
>> the bother.
>> People do get up to a variety of nefarious activities in bushland
>> areas, and we should all take due care without getting in a tiz about
>> it. Shooters and trailbiker riders are more likely to harm me (albeit
>> accidentally). I must admit to being a bit taken aback by the
>> righteous middle-class surprise and outrage that this particular petty
>> horticultural pursuit has flushed out ......
>> Lawrie Conole
>> Victoria, Australia
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