A couple of weeks ago when we were hiking in Fortynine Palms we saw someone on their way out carrying a small cactus that they had almost definitely illegally removed from Joshua Tree. A call to the ranger station would have probably led to a ranger meeting them at the trailhead with a ticket, and a return of the cactus to its original home.
There is a Jewish principle of “judge [a person‘s actions] for the good”, but I’m pretty certain that the cactus had come from the protected park.
What would you have done? Do you think that there is an obligation to report the person or to confront them directly?
posted by yair