It should come as no great surprise to anyone that there is a lot of pot in California. But that giant gardens of it are growing on public land may have been a bit of a shock to a Mendocino National Forest hunter Saturday when four trigger-happy gunmen guarding their grass opened fire on him. Luckily, he escaped uninjured.

Illegal marijuana cultivation is a growing problem in the Golden State, and game wardens are risking life and limb to address it. According to this story, officers have recently made huge pot busts, confiscating nearly 200 pounds of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of $700,000. Meanwhile, the California Department of Fish and Game is warning public-land hunters to keep off the grass wherever they find it.