Mariposa & Yosemite

Yosemite National Park eradicates marijuana grove

Nearly $19 million in marijuana growing in Yosemite National Park has been destroyed, park officials announced Friday.

Yosemite rangers and National Park Service agents eradicated 4,735 marijuana plants on Thursday. Agents also removed 400 pounds of fertilizer, 3,000 feet of irrigation hose and 200 pounds of trash, park officials said. According to a press release, marijuana-growing operations within the park is a threat to wildlife, such as bears, which are attracted to the food and other objects left in the area.

Two suspects were seen in the area and fled before agents moved in. No arrests were made.