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Oregon State Police Seeking Tips on Columbia County Elk Poaching

Oregon State Police

The Oregon State Police are asking for assistance in a recent elk poaching case in Columbia County.

Poaching not only makes legitimate hunters look bad to the general public, but it is a theft of resources from wildlife management efforts that are funded by legitimate hunters that follow the law.

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is looking for any information in connection with the illegal poaching of a bull elk found near Alder Creek and Cedar Creek with only it’s head removed from the scene. The rest of the animal was left to waste.

An adult bull elk can yield close to 300 pounds of meat, which were left to rot with the rest of the animal’s carcass.

The unlawful killing was discovered and reported to OSP on October 17th, 2016. OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers responded to the call, and determined through their investigation that the elk had likely been shot on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

The Oregon Hunters Association’s “Turn-In-Poachers” program or “TIP” is offering a $500 reward that is being matched by the local Columbia County Chapter of the Oregon Hunter’s Association for $1,000 reward leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact OSP Trooper Joe Dezso through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888. (Or email at joseph.dezso@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.

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Oregon State Police Seeking Tips on Columbia County Elk Poaching