The difference is how permanent the damage to the resource is. Also, humans have a much higher capacity to do damage to the resource which is why an example needs to be set...Honestly, I think the penalty should have been higher.Well ... I think it’s good no matter how you view it. You are “spot on” with the poaching of elk. It still “damages the resources”.
I watched one drink from the dangerous springs. lol The 8 or 10 that ran through while I was there seemed to pay no attention to the signs or the boardwalk. Although, one did follow the boardwalk for a bit.