December 14, 2012
Sergeant Kirk Meyer
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Fish & Wildlife Division
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are asking for the public's help to solve another deer poaching case found Thursday in the same general area of other illegally killed deer last weekend near Trail in northern Jackson County. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this investigation. The reward is comprised of $250 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) program and $2,500 from the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.
On December 13, 2012, another 4x4 blacktail deer was found off Crowfoot Road near milepost 3. OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers believe it was killed around the same time as two other deer found near milepost 1. On December 8, OSP troopers rersponded to a call of an unlawfully killed 4x4 buck deer found in a resident's yard near milepost 1 off Crowfoot Road east of Trail. The buck had a single gunshot wound to its side. Several residents reported hearing several gunshots about 3:00 a.m. early Saturday. OSP received the call about 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning and subsequently determined after getting on scene that the meat was not salvageable.
While investigating, OSP learned of another 2x2 buck that was wounded in the pasture next to where the 4x4 buck was found. The responding trooper had to put the deer down because of its injury. The second deer's meat was salvaged and taken to aa butcher shop in Eagle Point to be donated to area food banks.
During the ongoing investigations, OSP troopers developed information that two unknown people may have been walking along Crowfoot Road wearing camoflauge clothing and possibly carrying firearms between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon on December 8.
Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to call the Turn-In-Poachers TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or contact Senior Trooper Jim Collom at (541) 618-7997.
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