Culver man handed sentence for poaching
Culver resident Thomas Campbell, 29, was sentenced in federal court Nov. 23 for flagrant and repeated poaching of protected and Tribally significant bull trout.
Conditions of Campbell's five-year probation ban him from hunting or fishing anywhere in the United States. He must pay a $6,000 criminal fine and $650 in restitution to the Oregon State Police for destroying a trail camera designed to catch poachers.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon says Campbell targeted, kept and grossly mishandled bull trout, and bragged about it on social media where he had more than 1,000 followers. The release says he committed these crimes despite numerous warnings from viewers on his site.
"Bull trout are an iconic species of the Pacific Northwest," says James Ashburner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "The defendants in this case caused great harm to recovery efforts."
Bull trout are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Today, bull trout inhabit less than half of their historic range.
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