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Redwood burl thefts: Bill takes swing at poachers

A ranger stands next to the scar burl poachers left on a redwood at the sound end of Redwood National Park in 2013. Courtesy Redwood National and State Parks
 A recent rise in burl thefts within Redwood National and State Parks is intensifying investigations of local wood merchants, while a bill introduced to the California Legislature last week proposes gnarly punishments to deter would-be thieves, even as sentences for nonviolent offenses are lessening statewide due to a recent voter mandate.

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