Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

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 Teens charged

with killing elk

Two juvenile males from the Briceville section of Anderson County have been charged with illegally killing a 5X5 bull elk, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

According to reports, the two youth were spotlighting from an ATV in the Beech Grove Community on Jan. 15, when they shot the elk with a Marlin .22 rifle. They did not take the elk.

TWRA wildlife officers confiscated the spotlight and .22 rifle.

The two boys will appear in Anderson County Juvenile Court on charges of killing an elk in closed season, hunting from a motorized vehicle and using an electric spotlight in taking game.

 Farm pond stocking

program discontinued

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will no longer offer bass and bluegills for stocking into private ponds and small lakes. Due to the high cost of raising and distributing private pond fish, in addition to the need to stock more fish into public waters of the state, the agency has decided to discontinue the private pond stocking program. Current pond fish applicants that are scheduled to receive largemouth bass in the spring of 2011 will be the last for the program. Private pond/lake owners can purchase fish from hatcheries located within the state (visit http://www.agriculture.state.tn.us/Marketing.asp?QSTRING=AQU), or from commercial fish producers that sell fish at many farm and feed stores located in each county. The pond owner can contact a farm/feed store in their county to check on the availability of fish. Pond and lake owners can also contact any office of TWRA for assistance in locating a commercial source for fish.Information about stocking, along with pond and small lake management, can be found at: http://www.state.tn.us/twra/fish/pond/pondfish.html.