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Plants toxic to elk banned by southern Idaho county

English yew.
English yew.

WILDLIFE -– Blaine County is outlawing landscaping plants that are poisonous to wild and domestic animals.

Starting March 2, it will be illegal to buy, sell or own exotic yew plants, which earlier this winter were blamed for the death of more than 20 elk, the Idaho Mountain Express reports.

Blaine County commissioners last week approved an ordinance that classifies Japanese, Chinese and English yew plants as noxious weeds. Any landowner with knowledge of the presence of the plants on their property could face up to six months in jail and up to $6,000 in fines.

The commissioners will discuss at a future meeting how the ordinance will be enforced and how much the fees should be if the county needs to remove plants from private property.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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