I came across this story link from a RMEF (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) newsletter I get and thought I would share it with you guys. What I liked was the sentence the Judge imposed... nailed him! It's the best I've seen anyway, and usually I think these guys get off too easy. Most I've read before don't get near the maximum, usually just a smaller fine and no license for a year or so... which I don't think they care much about anyway? It just never seems enough usually to keep them from doing it in my mind, especially those that do it for money.
I think I read once that if not for poaching, that a given state could issue half as much again in the number of tags to legal hunters. These guys put the hurt on us all for sure.
"Bruce Wayne Cromer Jr., 35, of Stovall, shot and killed a bull elk last November within the national park in Haywood County, court records show. Rangers found the elk dead along the edge of a pasture in the Cataloochee Valley. Cromer pleaded guilty in June.
Cromer on Thursday received a sentence of 150 days imprisonment. In addition, the gun Cromer used to shoot the elk, a Browning .270-caliber rifle autographed by Richard Petty, was ordered by the court to be forfeited to the government and destroyed. Cromer also was ordered to pay $8,384 in restitution to the national park, lost his hunting license for two years and was banned from all national parks for two years."
Read more about it at the link below~ (hope this works, ha?)