By Andy Snyder
One of Pennsylvania's majestic bull elks is dead because of a greedy crime.
Earlier this month, somebody shot the five-by-five elk as it meandered through a residential neighborhood in the northwestern part of the state.
As sportsmen, we often discuss the ills of poaching, but we do little about it. We hear the late-night gun shots and we hear the poachers bragging, but unless it directly impacts them, few sportsmen give the subject much thought.
Let me make it clear. Poachers are not hunters. To say so would be the equivalent of calling a burglar a shopper. They are thieves, plain and simple.
And let me make it equally clear that poaching is a highly destructive crime and every citizen of the Commonwealth is a victim each time a deer is jacklighted, a fish is snagged or a hawk is shot.
Article I, Section 27 of the state's constitution reads: "The people have a right to clean air, pure water and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come."
When a poacher sticks his rifle out his window or nets a fish from a creek, he is eradicating your right to that animal. More....