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Social Media Is Destroying Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Officials at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, California are worried that the large crowds of people flocking to see the super bloom of poppies may actually destroy the the flowers for the sake of social media posts.

A growing number of so-called social media influencers are reportedly going off existing trails out into the poppy fields to get the perfect shot for the posts on Instagram and other platforms.

The California Poppy was named the state flower in 1903, and it is illegal to pick a poppy or any flower on state or other public land.

The Golden Poppy grows wild throughout California, and became the state flower in 1903. This year's super bloom of wildflowers has exploded across California's hillsides after an unusually wet winter season.

GET READY - Another super bloom is coming! - Thumbnail Image

GET READY - Another super bloom is coming!

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