CRATER NATIONAL PARK, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been banned from Crater Lake National Park, ordered to pay over $40,000 in restitution and sentenced to probation with a six-month stay at a residential reentry center after he pleaded guilty to poaching a trophy bull elk in the park, prosecutors said.
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said Friday the guilty plea and sentence came after an investigation into the activities of 44-year-old Adrian Wood. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began tracking the White City man after reports that he was illegally hunting in the park in 2014.
“Mr. Wood preyed on elk and deer who were unaccustomed to being hunted and thus uniquely vulnerable to poaching,” Williams said in a statement.
In 2016, an Oregon State Police trooper near the park boundary stopped Wood who had blood on his hands and clothing. The trooper later found a partially butchered elk carcass.
“Wood texted photos of himself posing with the elk. (Oregon State Police) obtained the photos and matched them to the carcass,” prosecutors said.
Federal agents searched Wood’s residence and found specimens of hunted animals including at least 12 deer, a black bear and 13 elk, according to a DNA analysis.
Wood was indicted by a grand jury in 2019 on charges of violating the Lacey Act, which forbids hunting in national parks. He pleaded guilty in 2020 and was sentenced to a lifetime park ban, three years of probation and ordered to pay $42,500 in restitution.