NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has charged a man for illegally killing a cow elk on wildlife management property last week.
TWRA reports 33-year-old Sean Doney of Caryville admitted to killing the elk on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Doney was arrested on Monday and is facing charges which include Hunting Big Game in Closed Season, Hunting Without a License, Hunting without Hunter Education, Illegal Take of Big Game, and Failure to Retrieve Game on a WMA.
In addition, a high-powered rifle of Doney's was seized. He was is scheduled to appear in court on February 20.
TWRA says Doney was identified by members of the public after a $2,000 reward was offered leading to the capture and conviction of the person responsible for killing the elk on December 23. The elk was part of a 3-year research study by the University of Tennessee's Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries.