WA: Man sentenced for illegal national park hunt
January 25, 2010
Wash. man sentenced for illegal national park hunt
TACOMA, Wash. -- A 38-year-old Woodland man has been sentenced to three
years probation and ordered to forfeit his hunting licenses after pleading
guilty to illegally killing a trophy Roosevelt bull elk in Olympic National
Magistrate Judge J. Richard Creatura also ordered Robert Hurst to perform
80 hours of community service.
The magistrate said Monday that the elk Hurst killed had been "a prize
possession of each and every citizen who enjoys the park." Protection of the
Roosevelt Elk was one of the primary forces behind the establishment of
first Olympic National Monument and later Olympic National Park.
The U.S. attorney's office says Hurst hiked about a mile into the park
and lured the elk within bow range by bugling, killing it in September 2007.
State Fish and Wildlife agents later contacted Hurst and forensic analysis
tied the elk parts in his possession to the kill site within the park.
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