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HUNTER ILLEGALLY SHOOTS THOUSAND-POUND ELK

30 December 2003

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency plans to press charges against a hunter who says he accidentally shot and killed an elk.

It happened Saturday afternoon in Cumberland County.

The thousand-pound bull was introduced into the herd in February of 2002.

TWRA has been in the process of re-introducing elk into the area for the past four years.

Hunting elk is illegal and those who do, face up to 35-hundred dollars in fines.

"He was extremely upset," says Dan Hicks of TWRA referring to the hunter. "I really felt sorry for the guy. He's 70 years old and his eyesight's failing him and it was late in the afternoon when light was getting low and the elk probably only had the top portion of the head and antlers exposed to him so he was limited as far as visibility in identifying the animal."

The elk will be sent to the University of Tennessee's vet school for testing.

Results will help the TWRA get an idea of how healthy the overall herd is.

There are an estimated 220 to 240 elk in the mountains of East Tennessee.

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