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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Paul Austin
TUCSON, Ariz. — Theft in the Wild West goes back for centuries, but it's not often you think of the landscape itself being stolen — in this case, the saguaro cactus, the jaunty, multi-armed icon of Arizona that turns out to be a desired addition to many homeowners' front yards.
"We've literally chipped hundreds of saguaros we think are in at-risk areas — the size and location that could put them at a high risk of being poached," said Paul Austin, chief ranger at Saguaro National Park, who said cactus poaching has declined since chipping began about five years ago.
He added, however, that the park is not ready to reach the conclusion that the credit belongs to chipping.