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Detectives on the trail of fossil looters (retry)



(Plain text this time, hopefully.)

The problem has gotten so bad on both public and private lands that some are 
hiring private investigators to patrol and protect their lands:

"Looters prey on unprotected area around Petrified Forest" 
By Ryan Slattery, Globe Correspondent, 6/8/2003 

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/159/nation/Looters_prey_on_unprotected_area_around_Petrified_Forest+.shtml

The last paragraph puts the issue into perspective:

"Professional looters, however, are more brazen and have moved onto private 
land. It's so lucrative a business that many of the poachers are armed. And 
some, like the one Baldwin stumbled upon using a backhoe to rip up a 125-foot 
long petrified log, carry
automatic weapons. When confronted they often deny doing anything wrong, 
Baldwin said."

Mary