The sour economy has created tough times across the country. Whether that was behind an apparent poaching incident along the Blue Ridge Parkway is hard to say.
According to the parkway officials, Ranger Marc Cyr saw a man about to load a freshly-killed deer into his vehicle along a state road on the park’s boundary on November 28th.
"Cyr talked with the man, who admitted that the deer had been standing on park land when he shot it. He then took Cyr to the location of the ground blind that he’d been sitting in when he shot the deer, and also provided the location where the deer had been standing and where he’d gutted the deer – all within the park," the report noted. "He was charged with unauthorized taking of wildlife, possession of unlawfully taken wildlife, and possession of a weapon. His rifle and the deer were confiscated."