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Published: Friday, 9/5/2008

Black bear busts secret Utah pot farm


PANGUITCH, Utah One Utah community is cheering a special bear but don t call him Smokey.

Investigators say a large black bear raided a clandestine marijuana growing operation so often that it chased the grower away.

This bear is definitely law-enforcement minded, said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins. If I can find this bear I m going to deputize him.

Deputies found food containers ripped apart and strewn everywhere, cans with bear teeth marks, claw marks and bear prints across the Garfield County camp on Tuesday.

Perkins said the operation on Boulder Mountain included 4,000 starter sacks of pot and 888 young plants.

This particular bear apparently was not going to give up and basically chased these marijuana farmers away, Perkins said. Our county is so tough on drugs that even the wildlife are getting in on the action.

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