Hunters and Poachers - A Fine Line...
An article in the Caledonian-Record reported on the
problem of poachers illegally killing deer. In reality, there is a very fine
line between those who kill animals illegally, and those who do the same
thing within the constraints of the law.
Fish and Wildlife Department Warden Dennis Amsden
complained that ""If you could eliminate the poaching, everyone would be
able to get a deer." It is truly sad that Mr. Amsden cares not for the poor
animals being killed, but only for hunter who might go home empty handed
because poachers may have killed the deer that he would have shot.
The sad truth is that Fish and Wildlife agencies and
agents profit from poachers making their deadly rounds. Salaries of Fish and
Wildlife employees are funded through the sale of hunting licenses, and
poachers can be licensed hunters who are not abiding by the seasons or bag
Further, wildlife management projects to promote more
hunting opportunity are paid for with excise taxes on hunting equipment and
ammunition. Each round that is fired by a poacher puts more money into the
hands of Fish and Wildlife. This is quite a conflict of interest.
While Mr. Amsden believes that poachers shouldn't be
confused with hunters, the truth is that they both are violent people who
enjoy killing helpless and harmless animals. Fish and Wildlife agencies
profit from both types of wildlife killers.
To learn about how game agencies use your tax dollars to
slaughter your wildlife, please see
Wildlife Watch, Inc.