Wildlife is a public resource, and poaching is theft of public property. There. We said it.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates poachers kill as many animals as legitimate hunters do -- with several differences.
-- Legal hunting limits the kill and the season for animals that are part of the "annual harvestable surplus." Poachers kill year-round, even during breeding season.
-- Hunting fees support our wildlife management and outdoor conservation. Poachers don't pay for tags, thus depriving the state of revenue.
Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/03/01/3504135/our-voice-poachers-are-thieves.html#storylink=cpy