Men get huge fines for poaching.
The Oregon State Police has announced two men convicted of poaching deer in Benton County have been sentenced to some pretty major punishments.
The first man, 30-year old Brandon Yamanaka from the Toledo area took a plea deal where other wildlife offenses were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea on a Class A misdemeanor for unlawful take of wildlife.
The plea will still be costly for Yamanaka. He will have to pay $15,650 for fines, fees and restitution. He also lost hunting privileges for five years and had to forfeit the weapons and animals taken.
The police say Yamanaka took animals in closed seasons including trophy class blacktail deer. A press release from the Oregon state police also states these weren’t his first wildlife crimes. Yamanaka will also have to perform 80 hours of community service and serve 24 months of bench probation.
The second man, 33-year-old Christopher Martin of Albany also pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor in exchange for dropping other charges.
Martin’s punishment is similar to Yamanaka’s. He will get 24 months of probation, 80 hours of community service and will have to pay $8,150 in fines, fees and restitution.
He will also see hunting privileges suspended for the next three years. The exact nature of Martin’s crimes wasn’t in the press release other than the misdemeanor was for poaching.
This is the second time in a month news has come out of Oregon about blacktail deer poaching. Another man was cited last month for taking several trophy-class blacktails.