SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif - A deadly marijuana pesticide found in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is now getting the governments attention.
The pesticide Carbofuran began making headlines last year when it was found along various national forests as a cause of killing wildlife and now the federal government is working to target this issue.
Every year, acres of marijuana are illegally planted throughout California’s national forests.
But over the years forest service officials have found clean up efforts have become not only dangerous for them, but also to wildlife.
This is because of a deadly marijuana pesticide that has been found in 80 –percent of all illegal marijuana grows across the state.
Carbofuran is an illegal pesticide that is used to kill off insects and animals that may come in contact with the marijuana site.
Officials say this pesticide is so powerful less than a teaspoon could kill a 300-pound bear.
On Tuesday, federal and state authorities announced that they'll target the illegal grows with $2.5 million in federal money.
As of Tuesday afternoon, it was unclear if any of these funds will be used in the Shasta- Trinity National Forest.
But forest service officials say they’re just happy this very toxic pesticide is getting the attention it deserves.
Especially when the poisons find their way into water supplies for towns and cities downstream.