Suspected Elk Poacher Tracked Down

National Park Service officials say they tracked down a suspected poacher accused of killing an elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park spokesman Bob Miller tells The Knoxville News Sentinel that the bull elk was shot and killed by a poacher Friday morning in Cataloochee Valley.

Park officials say they used vehicle descriptions and a tag number provided by park visitors in tracking the suspect to his home in Granville County, N.C.

Miller tells the Knoxville newspaper that the suspect's name will be released when charges are filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A charge of poaching within a national park carries up to six months in jail and $5,000 in fines.


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  • by HUNTER Location: HUNTING on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    S, shows how much you know. If the leave the road then they must go into the fields, then instead of shooting toward the woods , they will be shooting toward the road. Now which one is safer?
  • by S Location: ENC on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    I agree with Kelsey about the goofballs who hunt from a truck on the side of the road...If you will check,you will see that Beaufort County is surrounded by counties in which you can't hunt from the truck on the side of the road....Unfortnately,Beaufort County still allows this redneck lowlife practice...Any responsible deer hunter would love for them to ban this activiity for good...its way too dangerous and an accident waiting to happen.
  • by Kelsey Location: Blount's Creek on Nov 22, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    Good, good, good! I'm glad they got the low-life. Poachers are CRIMINALS and THIEVES who steal from the taxpayers whose money makes wildlife management possible. Poachers are the direct descendants of the game-eradicating fools who killed off whole populations of animals in the past. Enforcement officers should NAIL EVERY ONE THEY CAN TO THE WALL ... and courts should back up the charges. Same thing goes for the miserable, idiotic, road-riding, shoot-from-the-truck-window goofballs who make hunting season so miserable here in east NC for landowners and real sportsmen. EVERY ONE OF THEM SHOULD GET THE BOOK THROWN AT THEM! I hope each and every one of them goes down ... for good. Jail is too good for them.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 22, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    While in Okla. once I read a story about elk poachers that were arrested. The Dept. of Wildlife confiscated their truck, motor home, guns and bass boat plus $10,000 fine and 1 year jail. Now that's justice.
  • by Chuck Location: Hertford Hunt Club on Nov 22, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    Shoot him.
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