Or is this some undocumented ability of all turtles - that of detecting pot from afar?
And aren't turtles normally water-dwelling?
A turtle with a GPS tracker attached to its shell has accidentally stumbled across a teenager’s secret horde of cannabis plants. GPS_turtle_SMALL The turtle's satnav signal led police to a secret pot stash According to a report by local US news service WUSA, “Jimmy the Turtle” was being tracked by GPS for “research …
Friggin' turtles always messing up my fees-paying plantation...!
Well, given that this is the first turtle who once in its life passed through some plants, and there seems to be no correlation between cannabis plants and turtle walking patterns --- nothing to be dug up online --- isn't it more effective to let the rangers randomly walk through the habitat? But apparently there are enormous numbers of cannabis plantations on national parks and BLM grounds, with very little to link it to any specific criminal; given good climate, just sow and go harvest before someone else finds it.
OK, sometimes you get shootouts (with freeloading harvesters) and dead rangers because of this, so bullet-proof turtles might be the way to go.
"...but he probably never counted on a turtle with a tracking device leading us to that location and finding the field,”
_NOBODY_ expects the turtle with a tracking device! Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pot.
Although the word "turtle" is widely used to describe all members of the order Testudines, it is also common to see certain members described as terrapins, tortoises or sea turtles as well. Precisely how these alternative names are used, if at all, depends on the type of English being used.
* British English normally describes these reptiles as turtles if they live in the sea; terrapins if they live in fresh or brackish water; or tortoises if they live on land. However, there are exceptions to this where American or Australian common names are in wide use, as with the Fly River turtle.
* American English tends to use the word turtle for all species regardless of habitat, although tortoise may be used as a more precise term for any land-dwelling species. Oceanic species may be more specifically referred to as sea turtles. The name "terrapin" is strictly reserved for the brackish water diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin; the word terrapin in this case being derived from the Algonquian word for this animal.
* Australian English uses turtle for both the marine and freshwater species but tortoise for the terrestrial species.
Park grown weed can be very good. If you're in the U.S. I'll be good money that quite a bit of stuff you've smoked was grown in park/BLM land. I was involved in a GIS project with NPS once and one of the layers was for "illegally cultivated pharmaceuticals" - it's a big, big issue since it's almost impossible to find except by accident - or turtle.
I'm not sure why people would think that the turtle "found" the pot... He's a flippin' turtle. He just walked into it and the ranger got lucky.
That'd be the the thing to do though. Sell GPS equipped turtles to the NPS, NFS, & BLM. I bet we could get $8k each out of them to search for "illegally cultivated pharmaceuticals".
Oh, cut the limeys some slack. They're always hopeless about getting the names of things Murrican right, and it's mean, cruel, and heartless to expect them to clean their act up now.
But just in case, here's a crib sheet for those limeys who wish to try to improve their diction:
Most of the American states have a university called "University of <state name>". Many have another institution called "<state name> State University." Examples: University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Exception: State University of New York.
In addition, there are endless independent universities with a variety of names: University of Rochester, Rockefeller University, etc.
Generally "university" in the US means an institution offering graduate degrees typically leading to a PhD, whereas a "college" means a four-year institution offering only undergraduate (bachelor) degrees. Some colleges offer master's degrees as well.
Among the state institutions, many have multiple campuses and the location is used as part of the name. Thus you have UCLA meaning "University of California at Los Angeles", SUNY Potsdam for "State University of New York at Potsdam", and so on.
In some cases, the undergraduate division of a university is called "college". Yale University includes Yale College, Harvard University includes Harvard College.
Any general rule is guaranteed to have exceptions. Reference to an institution's web site is the easiest way to find out what they call themselves.
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