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Update #2: Reward Offer Increased - Investigation into Unlawful Killing of Bighorn Sheep Ram in Baker County
02/01/2012
Lieutenant Randy Scorby
Fish & Wildlife Division - Baker City
(541) 523-5848 ext. 4070

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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is continuing to ask for the public's help to identify the suspect(s) responsible related to an investigation into the illegal killing and waste of a Bighorn Sheep Ram in Baker County during late December 2011. With help of several organizations, the reward increased from $3,000 to $5,600 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.
 
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.
 
The reward increase was made possible through contributions from:
  • Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) TIP reward
  • OHA Ochoco Chapter
  • OHA Josephine Chapter
  • OHA Bend Chapter
  • OHA Redmond Chapter
  • OHA Baker Chapter
  • OHA Union County Chapter
  • Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
  • The Humane Society of the United States
 
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.