Guns and cactus don’t mix

While researching this story on target shooting in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert National Monument, I came across a lot of YouTube videos of guys blasting saguaros, barrel cactus and prickly pear with shotguns. It happens more than it should, as does illegal dumping and vandalism at popular shooting areas. In 2011, Bureau of Land Management staff decided to close the monument to protect it from the worst impacts of shooting, but then politics got in the way. My latest for High Country News.

Saguaros outside of Tucson, AZ.

Saguaros outside of Tucson, AZ.

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