By News-Register staff • 

Three cited for unlawfully killing elk in Yamhill County

UPDATE, Friday afternoon: Oregon State Police fish and wildlife troopers have cited three subjects for unlawful taking and possession of anterless elk.

Troopers acted on a tip from the public after news of the elk killing broke.

The elk meat was seized and donated to local charities, an OSP spokesman said.

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Original story:

WILLAMINA - Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspect(s) involved in the killing of three cow elk on Willamina Creek Road, just past mile post eight near the upper bridge.

Troopers found evidence of three elk that had been shot with high powered rifles on private timber property and pulled out to Willamina Creek Road with all-terrain vehicles.

A tip the following day led troopers to three cow elk hides dumped on Northwest Fir Crest Road just west of Carlton.  Based on evidence found at both sites, the elk were most likely killed between March 20 and March 23.

Anyone who may have information that will help identify suspect(s) is asked to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or dial *OSP and refer information to Senior Trooper Christopher Boeholt or trooper Tayler Jerome.  

Anyone with information leading to an arrest is eligible for either a cash reward or up to six preference points. The Oregon Hunter’s Association has pledged an additional cash reward for a total cash reward option of $2,500.

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful possession/take/waste of big game mammals.

Preference point reward system:

Bighorn sheep, 5; Rocky Mountain goat, 5; moose, 5; wolf, 5; elk, 4; deer, 4; antelope, 4; bear, 4; cougar, 4.

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful possession/take/waste of antelope, bear, bighorn sheep, cougar, deer, elk, furbearers, game fish shellfish, habitat destruction, moose, Rocky Mountain goat, upland birds, waterfowl and wolf.

Cash rewards:

Bighorn sheep, moose and Rocky Mountain goat, $1,000; antelope, deer and elk, $500; bear, cougar and wolf, $300; habitat destruction, $300; upland birds and waterfowl, $100; furbearers, $100; game fish and shellfish, $100.

Report a wildlife and/or habitat law violation or suspicious activity to the TIP hotline, 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) The email address is TIP@state.or.us . It is monitored Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Comments

Coco

Oooh. Gun owners at it again. Not surprised.

john fritter

And a gun owner reported it and other gun owners issued citations! No surprise there either!

fmtko

Someone forgot to mention the names of the three that were cited for this.

Bigfootlives

Once again it shows that the way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. I assume these three had their guns confiscated, will not be allowed a hunting license for some time, etc., etc.

The system works with the current laws, we don’t need anymore.

The sad part is that they may have been trying to feed their family or someone else’s.

Bigfootlives

Once again it shows that the way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. I assume these three had their guns confiscated, will not be allowed a hunting license for some time, etc., etc.

The system works with the current laws, we don’t need anymore.

The sad part is that they may have been trying to feed their family or someone else’s.

Coco

Lifetime gun ban for them.

yamhillbilly2

I’m hoping it was a ‘good guy with a gun’ that helped identify the ‘bad guy with a gun’, but it seems like a bit of a a stretch that it was being done ‘to feed someone’s family’. I don’t hunt personally, but talking to friends who do, three elk would provide a lot of meat. How many people are you planning to feed for how long? This sure seems like theft and disregard for the laws governing hunting.

tagup

Yeah, it’s hard to buy the poverty angle when the perps have ATV’s.....which I hope have been confiscated along with their firearms and any vehicles used in the crime.....

Coco

I didn't know poverty was an excuse to do something illegally. If that's the case, maybe stealing food for your family should be excused, or breaking in for money, or stealing cars.

Lulu

Stealing didn't work out so well for Jean Valjean.

Sponge

Jean Valjean paid an enormous price for his petty crimes. But his redemption, through forgiveness, saved the life of Cosette.

tagup

and he got to keep his ATV...?......:)

Coco

Guns are just as dangerous as cars. I hope the guns were taken away.