WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Almost 90% of the rare Venus Flytraps growing in the city's new Alderman Park have been stolen, according to the City's Parks Division.
According to the City of Wilmington, parks staff report well over 1,000 of the plants that are now in bloom have been dug up. Little remains were left to generate seeds for future replanting.
The City of Wilmington said the stolen plants are valued in total at $20,000.
According to the NC History Project, there are only a few hundred types of carnivorous plants left on earth, and only six of those are native to the United States.
Park staff members are working with the Wilmington Police Department on potential security options to prevent future thefts.
Anyone with information about the stolen plants is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department's non-emergency line at 343-3600 or send an anonymous text at: TIP708 and the message to CRIMES (274637).
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