Today I listened to Rush Limbaugh as he preached his Thanksgiving sermon denying the genocide that was perpetrated against the Native American people. I listened as he decried our governments intrusion into our personal lives by way of imposing fish & game laws and licenses. In summation he stated that the early settlers shot and caught what they wanted without having to ask anyone for permission, buy any license etc and they got along just fine.
Of course in his rewriting of history he omitted the fact that wildlife populations were depressed at best and in some cases wiped out entirely. Here in Pennsylvania at the time settlers first arrived we had bison, moose, elk, wolves, cougars as well as the whitetail deer roaming our state. All were exterminated with the exception of the deer and their numbers were such that one of the very early acts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission was to released deer brought in from other states to reestablish the population. At a later date elk were reintroduced.
As I listened to him rant I remembered a truth I learned long ago; listen to a person talk about something that you don't personally know about and you don't know if they are telling the truth. Listen to them talk about something that you do know about and if they lie then do not believe ANYTHING that they have to say.