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Update: Reward Increased in Investigation of 3 Illegally Killed Elk in Tillamook County
02/25/2010
Senior Trooper Lalo Guerra
OSP Fish & Wildlife Divison - Tillamook
(503) 815-3315

(Note: Photo links available with first news release)
 
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward related to an Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division investigation to help solve the illegal kill and waste of three elk in the Trask Unit near Tillamook. This reward is also in conjunction with a reward of up to $1,000 offered by the Oregon Hunter's Association for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.
 

On the weekend of February 13, 2010 a hunter came upon fresh elk remains in the roadway on Clear Creek Ridge Road, and a dead spike and cow elk about 40 yards off the roadway. The information was provided to the OSP Tillamook office several days later. On February 17th OSP Senior Trooper Lalo Guerra responded to the complaint and found three dead elk (one spike and two cows) in the area which is open to an emergency hunt.
 
"Reward offers from organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and Oregon Hunter's Association can be a huge boost in helping to generate tips to solve cases such as this irresponsible poaching of elk in Tillamook County. We appreciate this help and hope it will provide the key link to identifying who is responsible," said Captain Walt Markee, Director of the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division.
 

Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Trooper Guerra at (503) 815-3315 or the Turn in Poacher (TIP) number at 1-800-452-7888.
 
Questions regarding the Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust reward offer can be directed to Liz Bergstrom, Humane Society of the United States, at (240) 751-0659, or ebergstrom@humanesociety.or.  To view their news release, go to www.humanesociety.org/poaching.