February 17, 2012

Facts: California, Bears, and Marijuana

Facts From Wild Justice: Operation Imposter

  • 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 three million people.

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