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DNR auctions off confiscated ginseng


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- State officials have made a pretty penny on some confiscated wild ginseng.

The Department of Natural Resources held an auction to disperse 317 pounds of the herb this week, selling it off in seven lots for $269,750 dollars, or roughly $850 dollars a pound. That's higher than the usual price of wild ginseng. Farm-grown ginseng from Marathon County usually runs around $70 to $80 a pound.

The ginseng was confiscated from a dealer last year as it was being prepared to be shipped overseas. That ginseng had been collected from seven states including Wisconsin.