Two people were allegedly caught red-handed cutting down an "invasive plant" in Upstate New York that's considered "endangered" in some parts.

Recently, the DEC began investigating after noticing the harvest of a large number of cattails in Wayne County, New York.

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Forest Ranger Raffaldi spent a long time patrolling the Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area in the Town of Huron after spotting a large amout cattails being harvested.

"For centuries, the leaves of cattails have been harvested and utilized for wooden barrel caulking and can be sold for monetary gain," the DEC states.

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Cattails are an "invasive species," according to the Western New York Prism.


"If done with a permit, this is a legal activity. However, Ranger Raffaldi determined the 63-year-old from Sodus and the 32-year-old from Lyons did not have the required permits," the DEC states.

The unnamed pair were issued tickets for illegal cattail harvest.

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Cattail is "endangered" in Minnesota, according to Pioneer Press.

Cat-tail Sedge is "endangered in New York, the New York Natural Heritage Program reports.

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