Oregon hunter banned from Crater Lake National Park after killing elk

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An Oregon hunter has been banned for life from Crater Lake National Park after pleading guilty Friday to killing a bull elk in 2014, according to prosecutors.

Adrian Wood, 44, was also sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $42,500 in restitution for illegally hunting in a national park. In addition to the elk he slaughtered in 2014, authorities found that he had also killed at least 12 deer, a black bear and 12 other elk, according to a report.

“The defendant’s blatant disregard for the law caused great harm to the elk herd in the park,” said James Ashburner, an agent with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. “Our public lands are special places for both people and wildlife.”

Agents of the US Fish and Wildlife Service had been tracking the White City resident for years. In 2016, they obtained text messages that Wood had sent to his wife that he was searching the forest for the bleeding elk he had shot. He also boasted to a friend that he was “pretty good at finding elk around. I’ve killed 24 and get one every year,” according to court documents.

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