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The initial ruling by the Supreme Court on this matter was as follows. 'The United States Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that the wild animals and fish within a state's border are, so far as capable of ownership, owned by the state in its sovereign capacity for the common benefit of all its people. Because of such ownership, and in the exercise of its police power, the state may regulate and control the taking, subsequent use and property rights that may be acquired therein. Lacoste v. Department of Conservation, 263 U. S. 545 . . . ; Geer v. State of Connecticut, 161 U. S. 519. . . . As stated in Lacoste, supra, protection of the wildlife of a state is peculiarly within the police power of the state, and the state has great latitude in determining what means are appropriate for its protection.' This position was reversed in Hughes v. Oklahoma 441 U.S. 322 (1979). 


The few simple words of the Commerce Clause -- 'The Congress shall have Power . . . To regulate Commerce . . . among the several States . . .' -- reflected a central concern ...

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