You ARE allowed to defend yourself if these critters attack. Maybe they got in the wrong persons face annd suffered the consequences?Theoretically a tribal member could probably get away with shooting a pinniped who was threatening his fishing.. not saying that is for sure what is happening but seems likely.
That’s a tough one.... We can’t live in a lawless society where people do what they want.... Anyone can justify breaking the law because of stupid regulations and politicians, but at the end of the day we can’t all just go do what we want... Poaching a sea lion is no different than deciding hunting seasons don’t matter and poaching an elk....
Turn who in? I also wouldn’t turn in a parent for spanking their child. Would you turn your kid in for shooting a robin or sparrow with his new BB gun? They are federally protected too.
This is a victimless crime.
I'll be the devils advocate here. Native tribes have hunted and continue to hunt these creatures in other states for generations. I bet it's happening here - somewhere at some time. Could it be them? I hope so. They get it, and they should snub the state/feds just as we've done with Marijuana. Gov stands up to other gov all the time.
I'm not sure it's Illegal activities as they've never released or implied who it might be. We always have suspects in this surveillance state. How can they not know something?
Here's what irritates me, wasn't it not to long ago, we got partially blamed for the mysterious deaths of sea lions on the Columbia, which turned out to be 100 percent false, with no apology? I think they overheated or something?
why are we always the bad guy? I have zero faith in the news.
It is not against the law for a parent to spank their child in the state of Washington, but it is against the law to poach here.
Use of force on children—Policy—Actions presumed unreasonable.
It is the policy of this state to protect children from assault and abuse and to encourage parents, teachers, and their authorized agents to use methods of correction and restraint of children that are not dangerous to the children. However, the physical discipline of a child is not unlawful when it is reasonable and moderate and is inflicted by a parent, teacher, or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child. Any use of force on a child by any other person is unlawful unless it is reasonable and moderate and is authorized in advance by the child's parent or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child.
The following actions are presumed unreasonable when used to correct or restrain a child: (1) Throwing, kicking, burning, or cutting a child; (2) striking a child with a closed fist; (3) shaking a child under age three; (4) interfering with a child's breathing; (5) threatening a child with a deadly weapon; or (6) doing any other act that is likely to cause and which does cause bodily harm greater than transient pain or minor temporary marks. The age, size, and condition of the child and the location of the injury shall be considered when determining whether the bodily harm is reasonable or moderate. This list is illustrative of unreasonable actions and is not intended to be exclusive.
.If they get busted, they just have to sign up
for a GoFund Me, and I'm sure they will raise
enough money to pay their fines.
Nobody blamed you or “us” as the bad guy.... the article didn’t say it was or wasn’t tribal people.... you are feeling prosecuted.... maybe rightfully maybe not....
It’s pretty selective that “we” or “us” want to talk shit about the natives when they over hunt and abuse the laws around them using sovereign nation as an excuse, but when it’s convenient suddenly we want to fall back on their tribal rights...... hipocracy knows no bounds!
Not reporting a known self appointed sea lion population control officer does not equate to lawlessness, it is your choice to report or not. Do you call law enforcement every time you see someone speeding, riding their bike without a helmet, witness a jaywalker, seen someone smoking too close to an entrance. Some professions are obligated to report crimes but the general populace has no such requirement.
Seattle law enforcement does not enforce most laws when it comes to the homeless, derelict vehicles, camping in public spaces, drug use and most property crimes. They are also talking about opening safe injection sites to create a more convenient and safe place for folks break the law. There are plenty of laws Seattle chooses to ignore. Reducing the Sea Lion population may be illegal but at least it has a positive impact.