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Who Or What Is Invading National Parks?
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September 13, 2008, 04:02 AM
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Who or what Is invading national parks?The answer, according to USA Today, is the "Pot Crop." The headline 80% of pot crop invades parks [By Judy Keen, September 12, 2008]gives the impression that the pot crop may be marching north by itself, seeking a better life, like the killer bees or the walking plants in John Wyndham`s Day of the Triffids. However, as the rest of the article makes clear,  the pot crop didn't grow there by itself, it`s being planted by Mexican drug cartels, who, along with illegal immigrants, are the actual invaders here.

Tighter border controls make it harder to smuggle marijuana into the USA, so more Mexican drug networks are growing crops here, Walters says.

"We are finding more marijuana gardens in the park year after year," says Jim Milestone, superintendent of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Northern California.

"We`re dealing with some bad characters," Milestone says. "We are arresting people... who have criminal records in Mexico, and almost all of them are here illegally with false papers."

Here, it would be a good idea to pause to remember Ranger Kris Eggle, Eagle Scout, track star and murder victim, killed by Mexican invaders of the narcotraficante variety, in 2002.The National Park Service named a visitors center after him in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,  and their web page says
In the wake of 9/11, Kris protected his country by intercepting thousands of pounds of illegal drugs, and guarding a 30-mile stretch of the nation's southern boundary.

Kris Eggle was shot and killed in the line of duty at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, on August 9, 2002 while pursuing members of a drug cartel hit squad who fled into the United States after committing a string of murders in Mexico.

He was 28 years old.