The purpose of fish and game laws is to protect wildlife resources and habitats. Among the principal objectives of these laws are the protection and replenishment of endangered and threatened species, regulation of public harvest of fish and game species, conservation of migratory wildlife, protection of habitat and fisheries, and containment and eradication of invasive species. The earliest laws were often antipoaching initiatives at the local or state levels, designed to punish trespassers who took fish or game from private lands without permission ...

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