In addition, American hunters are some of the best protectors of animals, because they understand that obeying the legal limits means the supply of deer, ducks and other game will extend into the future. That’s the hunting ethic.
But when immigrants from
non-conservationist countries (that would be most of them) see
Indeed, one of the most
horrendous mass murders of recent years started out as a poaching incident.
Hmong immigrant Chai Vang shot eight and killed six
Clearly, some poachers take their thieving very seriously. It doesn’t help that Hmong values do not include respect for private property.
Many forms of poaching bring big money for little effort, particularly since species loss means that individual creatures then become more valuable with their scarcity. And foreign thieves often follow their cultural background in focusing on a species to victimize.
Russian immigrants, for example, appear to be the main actors
in the sturgeon/caviar poaching here in northern
The Bay Area species of freshwater sturgeon is a
substantial creature when allowed to reach maturity. In the 1800s, sturgeon
were abundant. “Back in those days it was not uncommon to see incredibly large,
12-foot sturgeon pushing 1,000 pounds and upwards of 100 years old,” said Marty
Gingras, a supervising biologist at the California Department of Fish and Game.
[“Beluga ban boosts
Russian sturgeon is threatened with extinction in the
Unsurprisingly, the price of
Further north up the
In earlier days, abalone could be picked from rocks at low tide. But acquiring fresh abalone now requires diving in some depth of ocean water to find the creatures. Regulations starting in 2002 permit individuals a limit of 24 abalone per season, tracked on a punch card to be filled in by the diver.
Abalone is particularly valued in Asian cuisine, and a
poacher in the 1990s could make $100,000 per year. Many of the perps have been
Chinese and Vietnamese, filling a demand in
Another poaching crime: the case of Omid Adhami, a foreigner who used a speargun to kill a giant sea bass, friendly enough to local divers to have a name, in La Jolla Ecological Reserve.
“When authorities intercepted the vessel, they discovered Blackie—a 50-something-year-old giant black sea bass weighing 171 pounds—skewered. The slain fish, a protected species, had been friendly to swimmers in the cove since the 1950s, says lifeguard Sgt. John Sandmeyer.
“‘There are groups that are breaking [into] tears over this,’ he says.
“State law prohibits killing the fish species, gentle giants once harvested to the brink of extinction. [“Sorry end for cove’s mascot”]
At trial, a game warden compared the killing to “going out to a dairy and shooting a cow.” (Or, perhaps, chasing a horse to death).
The perp had a long rap sheet, couldn’t be
expected to exhibit sportsman-like qualities, and indeed shouldn’t have been in the country at all:
“Adhami has six felony convictions for auto theft,
receiving stolen property, burglary and insurance fraud and has served two and
a half years in state prison. Adhami also is an undocumented immigrant who
could be deported to his native
Some might argue that poaching is a nuisance crime and not important. The killing of the sea bass Blackie was a misdemeanor. It didn’t even get Adhami deported.
Poaching properly refers to animals, but the plant kingdom has been hit by rip-offs also. Illegal aliens have discovered the green riches available in the Olympic National Park—on the ocean-facing peninsula of western Washington and containing a rare temperate rainforest which receives over 140 inches of rainfall per year, so the foliage is extraordinarily lush and varied—and other protected areas in the northwest. A hard-picking illegal alien can easily earn $75 daily harvesting greenery for floral arrangements.
One popular species is salal, admired for its smooth, dark green leaves. Your next floral arrangement may be partially adorned with ill-gotten greens.
The whole idea of national parks is to have a protected space for nature where nothing gets picked, period. Parks are not safeguarded so that illegal aliens can make a living stripping them bare.
In the last few years, the
National Park Department has issued occasional lists of the most dangerous
parks—and they don’t mean mountain lions. Heading up the list was
The growers poach wildlife,
spill pesticides, divert water from streams and dump tons of trash. Last
November 17, Laura Whitehouse testified before Congress on behalf of the
National Parks Conservation Association that insufficient resources to deal
with the damage done by Mexican drug cartels means a degraded park experience
for American school children.
Yet enforcement lags.
Rangers say they lack helicopters and manpower. Elected officials have other
priorities, including homeland security and fighting drug cartels in
measure of the government’s shocking inattention to
The park policy is another example of
The fact that nature preserves have become dangerous places is another immigration-driven nail in the coffin of American quality of life. Campers of a decade back didn’t have to worry about getting killed by Mexican drug cartels occupying public parklands.
You loaded up your gear and headed out for the wild country, where the only danger might be having insufficient insect repellent. But these days, savvy hikers would be wise to include safety in the mix when deciding where to trek, and avoid parks where they might get chased away at gun point. Young people now don’t have the pleasure of open spaces—wild animals, spectacular vistas, and the ease of reaching them—that Baby Boomers accepted as part of our American heritage just a few decades ago.
As a local diver remarked about the Blackie fish-killing case: “There is nothing more boring than an empty ocean.”
Except maybe an over-full country—stripped of its flora and fauna, and ultimately its identity, by lawless foreigners.