Police Seek Help Catching Poachers
Oregon State Police say during the week of Christmas, a deer was shot and left to waste east of Bend. The agency offers rewards for anyone who can help stop such poaching.
A coyote hunter found the large buck near Pine Mountain and called police. Deschutes County Sergeant Lowell Lea says there have been other incidents this winter, and that any illegal animal kills are one too many. He says OSP provides incentives to deter poaching:
Lea: “There’s a possibility of both cash rewards and also for preference points if you provide information that leads to the arrest of the person involved in that case.”
Lea says preference points can increase the chances of drawing a hunting tag. The police’s Fish and Wildlife Division is interested in learning about violations involving elk and deer, as well as birds, game fish, and shellfish.
To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)