After successfully poaching the first elk and sneaking it out of a no-hunting area near East Pierce County at 1 a.m., the men returned nine days later for their second “trophy” elk, according to KIRO-TV. It was at that point that state fish and wildlife officials busted the two men, who were again trying to sneak the second elk out of the restricted area, this time at 2 a.m.
According to wildlife officials, they carried out a search warrant at the home of one of the men, where they confiscated several illegally poached birds of prey and portions of the elk remains. They were also forced to turn over all their hunting gear, elk racks and meat, spend some time in jail, and could possibly pay up to $1,000 in fines. Until recently, Washington simply fined trespassing poachers $250 and let them keep their animals.
First of all, the state of Washington was kind of asking for it by not enforcing stricter laws for trespassing. We still can’t figure out why the penalties there are still so lenient. But second, and more important, are you really dumb enough to poach one trophy elk, and then return a week later to pick up the remains of a second? And you thought no one would notice? For that alone we’re passing along the “Manifold Morons” Award.