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Lane County Deputy D.A. Receives "2010 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year" Award
08/05/2011
Captain Jeff Samuels
Oregon State Police
Fish & Wildlife Division
(503) 934-0221

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(Left to right: Steven Marx (ODFW), Jay Hall, OSP Captain Jeff Samuels)
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A Lane County Deputy District Attorney was selected as the fourth recipient of an award presented to a prosecutor in Oregon for their support, hard work, dedication, and prosecution of those who violate the State's fish and wildlife laws. Sponsored by the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, the award was presented August 4, 2011, by the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) at the Oregon District Attorney Association (ODAA) 2011 Summer Conference in Sunriver.
 

The Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, which consists of numerous volunteer outdoor enthusiast groups opposed to the unlawful and unethical taking of wildlife, sponsored the "2010 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year" award in partnership with the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division.
 
Captain Jeff Samuels, OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Director, and Steven Marx, ODFW South Willamette Watershed District Manager in Corvallis, presented the award on behalf of the Sportsmen's Coalition to Lane County Deputy District Attorney Jay Hall in front of his peers at the ODAA Conference. Hall was hired by the Lane County District Attorney's office in late 2009.
 

"Deputy District Attorney Hall has a passion for wildlife and is a sportsman himself. He is dedicated to the protection of Oregon's natural resources through the vigorous prosecution of those who violate wildlife and other criminal laws," said Captain Samuels.
 
Samuels pointed out that Hall has been on ride-alongs with OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers and is an excellent communicator, making himself available after hours to assist troopers with investigations.
 
"His tenacity and dedication is unwavering, which is evident when looking at the successful resolution of wildlife cases he has prosecuted," Samuels said.
 

"ODFW appreciates Deputy D.A. Hall's work prosecuting wildlife cases in Lane County," said Steven Marx. "His efforts, and others in district attorney offices around the state, is helping to ensure the safety of our wildlife and the protection of our natural resources."
 
OSP troopers who work with the Lane County District Attorney's Office submitted nominations commending Hall for his prosecutorial endeavors and enforcement support.
 

"Jay Hall has went above and beyond what I or other members of the team have ever experienced as far as his open communication, willingness to support our mission, and hands on experience," said OSP Fish and Wildlife Sergeant Ron Martin, South Valley Team Supervisor. "His prior law enforcement experience as a former Deputy Sheriff in Deschutes County helped lay a solid foundation for him to understand the issues we deal with. His combined experience helps him to understand of how important it is to protect all aspects of the environment."
 
The first significant wildlife case Assistant D.A. Hall prosecuted was in January 2010 involving one subject who unlawfully killed four large bull elk during Cascade elk season outside the hunt unit boundary on private property in the Cottage Grove area. After shooting the elk, the suspect solicited assistance from five others. All six subjects trespassed across four separate pieces of property to retrieve the elk. Once the reports were submitted, Hall consulted with OSP troopers and researched case law and other sources to assist him on how to appropriately charge and request sentencing of the subjects.
 
The six subjects all pled guilty in a case that was highly publicized in the local area and received attention from the Oregon Hunters Association.
(http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/01_13_2010_cottagegrove_elk_sentence.shtml)
 
Hall also prosecuted the first case under Oregon's new "Trophy Law" involving new restitution penalties that took effect January 2010 for the unlawful take of trophy-class animals. In February 2010, a Cottage Grove area resident was arrested for the unlawful taking of a four-point buck for which he later pled guilty. He was sentenced to pay the entire $7,500 restitution to ODFW, additional fines, 10 days in jail, 18 months probation, and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service.
 
Throughout 2010 and into 2011, Hall's tenacity and commitment continued as he recently assisted in writing and executing a search warrant for and prosecuted a South Valley Team case that began in 2010 involving the take of about 300 deer and elk over five years and other criminal offenses, which led to the convictions of nine suspects. Hall was an instrumental part of that entire investigation.  For more information about this case:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/04_28_2011_donoho_wildlife_case.shtml
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/07_13_2011_donoho_poaching_sentence.shtml
 
On behalf of the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, Jay Hall was presented with a wildlife print in appreciation of his professional achievement in this area.
 

The Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition is comprised of numerous volunteer groups including:
Oregon Hunters Association
Oregon Federation for North American Wild Sheep
Izaak Walton League
Oregon Duck Hunters
Oregon Mule Deer Foundation
Oregon State Shooting Association
Safari Club International
Oregon Falconers Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Rifle Association
Oregon Guides and Packers
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Oregon Bow Hunters
Traditional Archers of Oregon
Oregon Association of Shooting Ranges
 

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The primary responsibility of the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division is enforcement of fish, wildlife, and commercial fishing laws and protection of natural resources. The members of the Fish and Wildlife Division also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock and environmental protection laws, in addition to responding to emergency situations.