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Ginseng probe generates over 100 citations


MADISON (AP) -- Ginseng poachers are still going strong in the state.

DNR's probe into illegal ginseng harvesting has generated more than 100 citations against nearly 70 people for violations between 2013 and 2007.

"Project Red Berry" found common violations.  The violations included trespassing, harvesting the plant without a license, and leaving behind the plant's leaves and berries, which makes it impossible to tell the plant's age.

The number of citations underscores how diggers continue to flaunt state regulations to get their hands on the valuable plant.  DNR officials say diggers can get as much as $800 for a pound of dried ginseng.

DNR Administrative Warden John Welke says the probe shows the agency has to do a better job informing diggers of state ginseng regulations.

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