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Two Blodgett-area Brothers Arrested Related to Lincoln County Elk Poaching Investigation
Sergeant Todd Thompson
Oregon State Police - Newport
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 265-5354 ext. 224

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division, with the assistance of Benton County Sheriff’s Office, arrested two brothers related to two November 2011 elk poaching incidents in Lincoln County.
MITCHELL PAUL PRINDEL, age 23, and TONY McLAIN PRINDEL, age 24, both from Blodgett, were arrested February 3, 2011 related to the two elk poaching incidents.
The first case started November 3, 2011 after a hunter found the remains of a 5-point bull elk on Starker Forest Stutz Tree Farm in the Burnt Woods area. Initial investigation indicated the bull elk was killed the previous evening. Two days later a dead cow elk was found in the same area. The cow elk was covered with brush and a large portion left to waste. OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers determined both poaching incidents were related.
Senior Trooper Doug Canfield and Senior Trooper Ryan Kehr, with the assistance of Benton County Forest Deputy Brent Iverson, identified the two brothers as suspects. They were arrested and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges:
  • Unlawful Take of Elk to wit: Closed Season (2 counts)
  • Waste of a Game Mammal (2 counts)
  • Possession of Illegally Taken Game Parts
  • Tampering With Physical Evidence
  • Criminal Trespass with a Firearm
  • Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree
  • Hunting Elk Closed Season
  • Aiding in a Wildlife Offense (4 counts)
  • Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree
  • Waste of a Game Mammal
  • Tampering With Physical Evidence (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy