OSP seeks info on poaching incident near Ashwood
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person or persons responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of two mule deer bucks in Jefferson County.
On the afternoon of Oct. 23, OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were notified by a landowner of two dead buck deer with their heads and a small portion of meat removed on Cold Camp Road, near the town of Ashwood.
Investigation revealed the deer had been shot and killed by a high-powered rifle. It is believed the deer had been killed over the weekend of Oct. 20-22.
The public is urged to call Oregon State Police Sgt. Andrew Vanderwerf or senior trooper Craig Gunderson through the TIP (Turn In Poachers) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-296-2161.
"Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges," noted Capt. Bill Fugate, public information officer for OSP.
The TIP reward is paid for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.
TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.
In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest or conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting or angling license or tags.
"People who 'work' the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers," Fugate pointed out.
Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters Association in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
TIP rewards are as follows:
- $1,000 for bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose.
- $500 elk, deer and antelope.
- $300 bear, cougar and wolf.
- $300 habitat destruction.
- $100 game fish and shellfish.
- $100 upland birds and waterfowl.
- $100 furbearers.