A North Carolina man is facing charges for allegedly shooting an elk inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Last Friday rangers in the Smokies found a bull elk carcass lying along the edge of a pasture in the Cataloochee area.
A lead on a vehicle led investigators to Granville County, North Carolina. A NPS Special Agent traveled to the county and located the suspect at his home. The individual has reportedly confessed to poaching the elk, according to Park spokesman, Bob Miller.
The suspect's name isn't being released, pending the filing of charges. Poaching in a national park carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Violators can also be forced to forfeit the weapon and vehicle used in the crime.
The elk, known as bull No. 21, is one of the herd's biggest breeding bulls.
I'm having a hard time understanding why this guy did this. Did he just shoot the elk from his car for the sport of it - with people around him? Was he threatened or charged by the elk?
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