Chalk One Up for the Tree Huggers!

A Las Vegas court sentenced Douglas Hoffman, 61, to 5 years in prison for killing 500 trees in a year-long frenzy of blocked-view frustration. According to the Los Angeles Times article, Hoffman had grown upset that his view of the Las Vegas strip was being increasingly blocked by recently planted trees that stretched to over 8 feet. The local homeowners’ association was unsuccessful in resolving his anger, not permitting him to replace the trees with lower-reaching shrubs. So in 2004, Hoffman took matters into his own hands, along with a single-blade saw. Every night, more and more trees fell, terrifying the community. Neighbors asked whether the next species on his list was of the human variety.

Prosecutors called this a case of “aborcide”. 


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