By Penny Tilton
With the holiday’s right around the corner, deer hunting season has just begun and with that comes the big problem of, “tis the season for poaching in America.”
When people think of poaching they think of Africa, but in North America, poaching has been a growing problem since 2005.
The Fish and Game department estimate for every species hunted legally, one is killed illegally. In North America poachers kill large numbers of deer, elk, black bear, turkey, moose, antelope, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, pheasants, as well as various species of fish such as walleye, sturgeon and salmon.
Since the beginning of regulated hunting, society would tend to look the other way when it came to poachers, because people thought the poachers must be poor and trying to feed their family. There are still some people who will hunt or fish illegally for food, but they are a small fraction of the larger problem.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Protection Director Richard Palmer stated, "The causes of poaching vary, but the myth that most poachers are committing their offenses to provide food is in reality not even a fraction of a percentage of all cases prosecuted. Often, modern poaching is done by criminals driving $30,000 vehicles, using expensive night-vision technology, illegal silencers on the firearms, and often military-style rifles.”
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