Woodland man sentenced to probation for killing elk

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A Woodland man was sentenced Monday to three years probation after pleading guilty to illegally hunting elk at the Olympic National Park.

Robert Hurst, 38, was ordered to forfeit any hunting licenses, stamps or permits, as well as perform 80 hours of community service. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Richard Creatura in Tacoma also ordered Hurst to forfeit all parts of the illegally taken trophy Roosevelt bull elk.

The incident happened Sept. 19, 2007, in the Discovery Peak area, when Hurst called the elk within bow range using a common tactic known as bugling. He then shot and killed the elk with a bow and arrow, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. The elk was field dressed and packed over the next several days.

Five days later, an agent with the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department contacted Hurst about having the elk parts. Forensic analysis tied the elk parts to a kill site in the park, the press release said.

Hunting is illegal within the national park. Each year, thousands of visitors come to view this type of elk, named for President Theodore Roosevelt.