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Update: Reward Increase - Investigation Into Unlawful Killing of Bighorn Sheep in Baker County
01/04/2012
Lieutenant Randy Scorby
Fish & Wildlife Division - Baker City
(541) 523-5848 ext. 4070

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A $500 reward offer last week to help the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into the illegal killing and waste of a Bighorn Sheep Ram in Baker County increased to $3,000 following an offer from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. The reward increased for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case is with the help of the Oregon Hunter's Association (OHA) and HSUS.
 
On December 28, 2011, OSP Senior Trooper Kris Davis responded to a report of a headless carcass, determined to be a Bighorn Sheep Ram, on Conner Creek Road approximately a quarter mile from the Snake River Road. This location is between the towns of Huntington and Richland along Brownlee Reservoir in the Lookout Mountain Wildlife Management Unit. Based on statements and condition of the carcass, Davis believes the ram was killed on approximately December 22, 2011. The ram's head was removed and the remains left to waste.
 
Bighorn Sheep hunting is lawful in the Lookout Mountain Unit with the proper tag; however, the season for Bighorn Sheep closed in that area on September 25. Only two Bighorn Sheep tags are issued in this unit each year.
 
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Davis at (541) 805-4757.