Sep 04 2008 -
A large black bear wreaked so much havoc on a marijuana grower's operation in rural Garfield County, located in Utah, that the owner abandoned it.
Garfield County sheriff's deputies who raided the pot farm found pipes chewed in half, food containers ripped apart, cans scarred by bites, claw marks and bear prints and trees bearing claw marks.
"If I can find this bear, I'm going to deputize him," said Sheriff Danny Perkins. The bear was big enough that 6-foot-2 Deputy Ray Gardner had to reach above his head to point out the spot where the bear clawed a tree.
The grower, or growers, apparently gave up on the site, abandoning the camp after repeated appearances by the bear, Perkins said in a release. This particular bear apparently was not going to give up and basically chased these marijuana farmers away," he said.
Deputies found 4,000 "starter" sacks of marijuana, (which are small plastic bags with seeds, some chemical plant food and dirt), and 888 young plants. All of the material is being destroyed.