Nevada is a state that is blessed with a diverse ecosystem, from its large deserts to its rocky peaks and everything in between. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area alone offers a glimpse into all the different natural environments existing throughout the state.
Sadly, such a diverse environment continues to attract the attention of unscrupulous individuals who wish to exploit the environment and the fauna that reside within. Over the years these individuals have contributed to a growing list of wildlife crimes in Nevada which have affected both the biodiversity in these ecosystems and have affected the livelihood of people connected to these fauna. A few of these wildlife crimes are listed below.
- While hunting is legal in Nevada, there are limits that prevent people from going overboard, as well as restricted species that cannot be hunted, such as
- Bighorn sheep
- Mountain goat
- Pronghorn antelope
- Mountain lion
- Black bear
- Using illegal methods for hunting, such as firing from aircraft or hunting game outside of hunting season
- Hunting endangered species in a wildlife preserve
- Importing and trading game wildlife
- Illegal possession of exotic wildlife
- Vandalizing signs and warnings related to wildlife protection
- Cutting or trimming of fauna without permission
- Mutilation of fauna in State-preserved property
Knowing these crimes will help ordinary citizens, game hunters, and nature trekkers to avoid committing any of these acts by mistake.