Woman sentenced to community service in illegal elk hunt

FORKS, Wash. (AP) — A Quileute tribal member has been sentenced to community service after she was convicted of illegally hunting a bull elk on private property in northwestern Washington state.

The Peninsula Daily News reports 39-year-old Rochelle Warner was sentenced last week to 200 hours of community service in lieu of 25 days in jail and fined $2,000.

Warner was found guilty of two counts of unlawful hunting of big game and a count of unlawful hunting on the property of another without permission following a bench trial last year.

She was also ordered to forfeit the rifle used in the October 2015 hunt.

Her lawyer William Payne filed an appeal last week in Clallam County Superior Court.

He says Warner claims she was hunting on the tribe’s usual and accustomed hunting area.