Poaching Charges Filed in Connection With Elk Killed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A 35-year-old North Carolina man is due in federal court on March 22 to face poaching charges in connection with the shooting of a bull elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Last week the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina said Bruce Wayne Cromer, of Stovall, North Carolina, was charged with shooting the elk on November 13, 2009 the park.

According to the criminal information, Mr. Cromer, if convicted, would be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, and be adjudged to pay all the costs of the proceedings. He also faces forfeiture of his firearm, a Browning .270 caliber rifle, and his vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, if convicted.

This prosecution is the result of a coordinated law enforcement effort between the National Park Service, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the Granville County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being handled for the government by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Thorneloe of the Asheville Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.


Shame on you Batman! Oh wait, that's just his first and middle names, never mind.

Penalty does not seem severe enough for shooting any animal in a National Park !

What was the motive in shooting this animal. There must be some other slow moving, lumbering target. How about a parked bulldozer?

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The fine will be entirely too low. Get real !!! That is spending money, pocket money. At least make the fine hard to reach...

I agree with you Bob H. It is FAR from enough..At least get deep into his wallet for this one...