Brownville Man Pleads Guilty In Elk Poaching CasePosted: Updated:
A Brownville man has pleaded guilty in connection with an elk poaching case in Colorado, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Alfred Carr faces fines and suspension of his hunting and fishing privileges.
He pleaded guilty to charges relating to an elk he shot on a 2015 Colorado hunting trip.
The investigation began during the fall of 2015, when Colorado wildlife officers received information that Carr had killed a large bull elk despite having an antlerless only license.
Armed with this information, which included photographs of Carr loading a bull elk onto his ATV in Colorado, investigators with DEC’s Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) unit interviewed Carr, a convicted felon, and obtained admissions regarding the circumstances of Carr’s Colorado hunting trip.
On April 19, 2016, investigators seized the antlers of the illegally taken animal, the remaining elk meat, and the muzzleloader allegedly used during the Colorado hunt.
Carr was arrested and charged with Unlawful importation of elk parts from a chronic wasting disease state and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Carr subsequently entered guilty pleas in Brownville Town Court to Disorderly conduct and unlawful importation of elk parts from a chronic wasting disease state.
On February 24, Carr entered guilty pleas in Gunnison County Court in Colorado to hunting without a proper and valid license and illegally taking a bull elk, resulting in $3,081 in fines and 30 points against his Colorado hunting privileges.
Carr now faces suspension of his hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and New York; both states are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Chronic Wasting Disease is an untreatable and fatal brain and nervous system disease found in deer, elk, and moose. Bringing hunter-killed deer, elk, or moose carcasses into New York from CWD-positive states is illegal and increases the risk of spreading the disease.