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Massive Oregon Elk and Buffalo Poaching Act Earns Jail Time and Fines

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A judge laid down a sentence for an Oregon elk and buffalo poaching ring.

The Oregonian reports that a Wheeler County judge sentenced Alan Roy Aronson, 43, for taking people on illegal hunts for elk and buffalo on another person’s ranch without the owner’s consent.

Aronson had previously pleaded guilty to the charges at the end of one of the most involved poaching investigations in Oregon history.

He is one of 10 people, including his wife, Emily, who pleaded guilty or no contest in connection to the case.

Aronson allegedly guided hunts on property he did not own, despite not being licensed or registered to do so, for people who did not have the proper licenses or tags. Between 2010 and 2012, Aronson guided hunters in the illegal harvest of dozens of elk and at least nine buffalo.

Several of the elk were large trophy game animals, known in Oregon as some of the best the country has to offer.

Aronson received a 30-day jail sentence, $66,050 in fines, and was forced to forfeit a 2005 Ford pickup and two all-terrain vehicles that were used in the illegal guiding operation. He also was served a lifetime hunting ban.

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Massive Oregon Elk and Buffalo Poaching Act Earns Jail Time and Fines