Elk, deer killed and wasted southwest of Vernonia
On June 28, 2020, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers investigated the report of a spike elk that was discovered on Weyerhaeuser property located off of Clear Creek Road near Timber Road in Columbia County.
The elk had been shot and some meat was removed but most was left to waste.
On July 5, 2020 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers investigated another report from the same area regarding a buck deer left to waste.
The deer was located approximately 50 yards from where the elk was located. The deer had been shot and no meat was removed.
There was a .308 caliber bullet casing found on the road near the area. This case may be related to a wasted cow elk reported in this area on March 28, 2020.
In all three cases, the carcasses had been left to rot with little if any meat removed.
"Poaching is stealing natural resources that belong to all Oregonians," said Yvonne Shaw, who coordinates Oregon's anti-poaching campaign through the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Poaching is prevalent across the state. Deer and elk, along with other big game animals, marine life, birds and other wildlife all fall prey to unscrupulous thieves. Poachers often sell parts or whole animals through illegal channels. Many also poach for the thrill of killing, or in defiance of laws and regulations. Leaving meat to waste is a clear indicator of a thrill kill.
The site is located 3 miles south of Vernonia.
OSP is requesting that anyone with information regarding these wildlife offenses to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 and refer to Trooper Ben Turner.
The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.
• Mountain Sheep — 5 Points
• Mountain Goat — 5 Points
• Moose — 5 Points
• Wolf — 5 Points
• Elk — 4 Points
• Deer — 4 Points
• Antelope — 4 Points
• Bear — 4 Points
• Cougar — 4 Points
The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of mountain sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, upland birds, waterfowl, and furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of game fish and shellfish and for habitat destruction.
• Mountain sheep, mountain goat and moose — $1,000
• Elk, deer and antelope — $500
• Bear, cougar and wolf — $300
• Habitat destruction — $300
• Upland birds and waterfowl — $100
• Furbearers — $100
• Game fish and shellfish — $100
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