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Ginseng thief steals $10,000 worth, results in 20–year harvest ban

By KBJR News 1

Ginseng thief steals $10,000 worth, results in 20–year harvest ban

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Theft of at least $10,000 in ginseng causes a 20–year harvest ban to be set, Joanne M. Haas of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement reports.

Haas also says the DNR Warden said the man wore camouflage and parked a vehicle at cemeteries/rest areas, while harvesting the plant without permission of the DNR.

A Trempealeau County, WI man now needs to pay nearly $4,000 in restitution after it was discovered he had illegally harvested at least $10,000 worth of wild ginseng; he is also on a 20–year harvest ban.

The Wisconsin man was found guilty of eight counts of harvesting ginseng without landowner permission.

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com