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Reward Offer: Unlawful Arrowing Shooting of Elk near Coos Bay

September 22, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful shooting with an arrow of a cow elk Saturday evening near Coos Bay. A reward is offered through the Oregon Hunter's Association Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) program to help solve this case.

On September 21, 2013, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a resident had contact with a bow hunter near milepost 5 on Coos Sumner Lane. Shortly after that contact, the resident saw a herd of elk run out of a private pasture next to the road, with an injured cow elk remaining on scene that had been hit with an arrow. When the resident tried to re-contact the bow hunter near the injured elk, the bow hunter left the scene in a navy blue mid-2000 GMC Yukon or similar style sport utility vehicle with unknown Oregon license plates.

The suspect is described as a white male, early 20's, approximately 6' tall, with brown curly hair and possible brown eyes. The suspect is a smoker and was wearing camouflage, similar to a Military-style digital camouflage pattern.

An OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper responded to investigate the elk's unlawful killing and recovered evidence at the scene. Although wounded, an OSP trooper tracked the elk about 300 yards but couldn't find it.

Senior Trooper Levi Harris said that even though it is currently bow season in the area through September 22, it is unlawful to shoot a cow elk during the current season at the location where this incident occurred. Additionally, the suspect unlawfully shot the elk on private property, without permission.

A reward of up to $500 dollars is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the TIP line through OSP Southern Region Dispatch at (800) 442-2068 or Senior Trooper Harris at (541) 888-2677 ext 245.


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