Oregon city pays bounty on invasive weed

ECHO, Ore. — A small city in Umatilla County is taking a new approach to weed control: it’s offering a bounty to anyone who brings in bags of the weed known as puncture vine.

The city of Echo says it will pay a dollar for a plastic grocery sack full of the weed. Residents can also turn in a five-gallon bucket full of the weed to city hall for $5.

Puncture vine, also known as devil’s weed or goathead, has yellow flowers that turn into spiky burrs. The weed infests pastures, fields, ditches and roadsides where it forms dense mats and is painful to step on.

The East Oregonian reported that bounties in Echo will be paid out until the program’s $350 budget is exhausted.

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