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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers Seeking Public's Help to Solve Double Elk Killing and Waste near Siletz
01/03/2009
Trooper Heather Van Meter
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division - Newport
Phone: (541) 270-9637

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Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers from the Newport Area Command Office are asking for the public's help to solve the illegal killing of two cow elk near Siletz in Lincoln County. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by the Oregon Hunter's Association for information lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for these crimes.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Heather Van Meter, on January 2, 2009 troopers responded to Jaybird Rd near Ojalla Rd outside of Siletz to investigate a report of two dead cow elk left to waste. Troopers discovered two dead elk along the side of the roadway within .3 of a mile of each other about four miles up Jaybird Road. One cow elk was missing both backstraps and the second cow missing only part of the backstrap from one side. The remainders of both carcasses were left to waste and were not salvageable. The condition of the elk indicates they had been dead for approximately 2-3 days.
 
A conviction related to these investigations carries a penalty of a fine up to $7,500 and a year in jail.
 
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Trooper Van Meter at 541-270-9637 or through the OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.