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Rangers investigate death of elk in national park

Posted November 17, 2009

A Granville County man is under investigation for killing an elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rangers found a dead animal in the Cataloochee Valley Friday. They said a license plate number reported by a witness led them to a Granville County man.

Anyone convicted of poaching in a national park can face jail time and fines.

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  • fireman1963 Nov 18, 2009

    "To shoot an animal for food is one thing, but to shoot one just to watch it die is absolutely sick. A person that can do that I believe is just as capable of shooting a person for the same reason."

    That is really painting with a ginormous brush. For you to assume that this slob hunter (if he even is a hunter) would also shoot a person, is a real stretch.

  • concerncitizen Nov 18, 2009

    What do you want to bet, the article should have read. "The park Ranger found an elk carcass and are investigating a man" The shooter stayed long enough to dress the elk. That is the only reason the shooter would hang around a dead elk long enough for someone to get a license plate number?

  • fisunt Nov 18, 2009

    When asked by the judge what it tasted like he said a cross between a spotted owl and an eagle.

  • Glass Half Full Nov 18, 2009

    So rotten! Had one of these beauties walk out in front of my vehicle one night just outside Cherokee. So glad I was going less than the speed limit of 35 MPH. It's wonderful they're back in our park and anyone rotten enough to kill one should be punished, they're not a hunter, they're just mean!

  • Iwasasoldier4u Nov 18, 2009

    To shoot an animal for food is one thing, but to shoot one just to watch it die is absolutely sick. A person that can do that I believe is just as capable of shooting a person for the same reason. If convicted this person should be fined, lose his hunting license for life, spend a considerable amount of time in prison, if only to protect the public from him, and have all firearms that he owns confiscated and be barred from ever owning another one. That should get the point across.

  • gearstickk Nov 17, 2009

    I REMEMBER A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN A GUY GOT ARRESTED FOR POUCHING IN ONE OF THOSE NATIONAL PARKS.HE GOT LIKE A $10,000 FINE, YEARS OF PROBATION,LOSS OF HUNTING LICENSE FOR 10 YEARS.THIS SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER DIRTY HUNTER THAT SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME.