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Facts: California, Bears, and Marijuana

Facts From Wild Justice: Operation Imposter

Photo: Warden Steve Ulrich hides under a porch

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  • In 2010, California’s population was more than 37 Million people.

  • There are over 155,000 square miles of land in California.

  • California’s coastline stretches 1,264 miles.

  • California Game Wardens patrol approximately 220,000 square miles of water along the coast.

  • California Game Wardens’ water jurisdiction extends to 200 miles offshore.

  • Since 1980, DFG has recorded 12 bear attacks in California.

  • It is estimated that there are presently between 25,000 and 30,000 black bears in California.

  • The black bear is the only remaining species of bear in California.

  • According to the Department of Fish & Game, a bear is killed about 40 percent of the time a depredation permit is issued.

  • Surfing can help increase cardiovascular fitness, as well as shoulder, back, leg, and core strength.

  • In 2009, marijuana plants seized totaled $17.8 billion in street value.

  • In 2008, more than 5 million cultivated marijuana plants were eradicated.

  • In 2007, 25% of drug arrests in California were marijuana related.

  • In 2007, there were over 74,000 marijuana arrests in California, up from roughly 61,000 the year before.

  • In 2007, the number of annual marijuana users in California was estimated to be more than 3 million people.
Mark Moen
Mark Moen

Yes, I must agree with Marla, she makes a lot if since. Especially after viewing the video where the Cali game warden admits that tiny grow was their biggest bust that year. How embarrassing, and that multi million dollar claim?? They must be attempting to attract more suckers into endeavoring to reap "easy Pickens" in the Cali "Green Rush"

Should ignorant and otherwise uneducated folks see that type of propaganda (that growing a few small plants could result in millions, that all it takes is two guys in a tent).

They might just pack up the wagon and head west.


Marla Croy
Marla Croy

It really is a waste of our resources and money to have our Game Wardens policing marijuana crop farms.  California and the rest of the country need to legalize the growing and use of hemp.  It will save lives, increase revenue and allow the Game Wardens to do the jobs they are truly intended to do, save our natural resources.