Forks teen charged in elk killings

PORT ANGELES – One of three teenagers accused of opening fire on a herd of elk near Forks in December was charged last week in Clallam County Juvenile Court.

The boy, 17, is accused of shooting toward a group of elk on Dec. 7, killing five and seriously wounding a calf.

The calf was later put down by a state Fish and Wildlife officer.

Two other boys accused in the elk killing will not face charges in juvenile court, said Clallam County Deputy Prosecutor Tracey Lassus.

One has been cited with a hunting violation in Forks District Court, and the other is eligible for diversion because he does not have a criminal record, Lassus said.

All the boys live in Forks.

The 17-year-old, who was 16 at the time of the slayings, was charged with being a juvenile in possession of a firearm, second-degree unlawful hunting of big game, first-degree waste of fish and wildlife and unlawful use of a loaded firearm.

He has been summoned to appear in juvenile court on Feb. 21.

The charge of a juvenile in possession of a firearm is a felony.

Unlawful use of a loaded firearm is a misdemeanor.

The other two charges are gross misdemeanors.

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