Poaching is defined as illegal hunting, killing, or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.
Poaching gives all hunters a bad name, and throughout history there have been some unbelievable poaching cases. Poachers devastate wildlife by breaking laws designed to assure proper management and species survival, and sadly, it comes at the expense of the vast majority of hunters who play by the rules. As you would expect, these criminals raise the level of lawlessness to new heights, courts are responding with bigger fines and longer jail time for the Nation’s most belligerent offenders.
For all the hunter’s who love the outdoors, take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of wildlife officials, check out the list of the greatest poaching cases in U.S. history that we put together. Following are what are believed to be some of the biggest poaching cases in U.S. history.
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Be sure to let us know if we missed any heinous offenders in the comments below.