Cactus plugging

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Cactus plugging is the practice of vandalizing or destroying a cactus, usually a saguaro, for fun. The Extension Office of the University of Arkansas says that the activity usually involves an inebriated person shooting at a cactus until it falls over.[1]

In 1982, David Grundman was killed while cactus plugging. After shooting at a saguaro cactus he poked at it to try to make it fall over and caused an arm of the cactus, weighing 500 pounds (230 kg) to fall on him. The trunk of the cactus then also fell on him.[1][2]

The act of cactus plugging, if performed on a saguaro, is illegal in Arizona.[1][3]

In popular culture[edit]

The Austin Lounge Lizards wrote the song "Saguaro" to commemorate the death of David Grundman.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Klingaman, Gerald (December 12, 2008), Plant of the Week: Saguaro Cactus, University of Arkansas, archived from the original on April 5, 2013, retrieved 2013-02-13.
  2. ^ a b Mikkelson, David (February 8, 2015), Death by Saguaro, Snopes, retrieved 2017-01-20
  3. ^ "Article 11: Arizona Native Plants". Arizona Department of Agriculture. Archived from the original on September 20, 2013.