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Hundreds of rare plants go missing in NC, 3 people arrested

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Police in North Carolina arrested three people after hundreds of Venus Flytraps went missing. About 300 of the plants were taken from Boiling Spring Lakes.  These carnivorous plants are native to only a small area in North and South Carolina, about a 75-mile radius around Wilmington. There's only about 35,000 of the plants left in the wild and experts say they face a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Dan Sheret, Plant Garden caretaker, said, "There's a market to sell these plants. When you're talking about somebody stealing a thousand plants. that becomes money."

Authorities say it's not the first time this has happened.  They've been cut from the ground and sold on the black market, yard sales or online for up to $700 a piece.

North Carolina's general assembly is considering a law that would make poaching Venus Flytraps illegal.

Venus Flytraps get their names because they trap their food, mostly insects, with a clamping motion.

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