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Prineville Man Arrested on Multiple Wildlife Crimes
Sergeant David Pond
Fish & Wildlife Division - Bend
Office: (541) 388-6213 ext. 218

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Crook County Sheriff's Office:
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation led to the arrest of a Prineville man on Friday for numerous wildlife-related crimes in what one trooper described as a serial-type killing of wildlife.
During the past several years north of Prineville, over a dozen deer have been found dead after they were shot and left to waste beside Forest Service Roads. In August 2007, the OSP department aircraft helped spot a suspect spotlighting in the general area where these deer were found. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers contacted the suspect identified as RONALD A. LIVERMORE, age 60, from Prineville. During the contact, troopers found LIVERMORE was in possession of a sawed off .22 rifle with a home built silencer and had a special compartment in the trunk used to conceal the weapon.
A subsequent forensic examination by the OSP Forensic Laboratory confirmed the weapon was used during the killing of some of the deer.
On April 18, 2008 OSP Senior Trooper Amos Madison arrested LIVERMORE and lodged him in the Crook County Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Short Barreled Rifle with a Silencer
  • Tampering with Evidence (2 counts)
  • Illegal Taking of Deer Closed Season (8 counts)
  • Waste of Deer (8 counts)
  • Hunting while Suspended (4 counts)
  • Attempted Taking of Wildlife During Closed Season
  • Hunting with the Aid of a Light (8 counts)
  • Aggravated Animal Abuse (8 counts)
Investigators believe LIVERMORE, who admits he is primarily a vegetarian, would usually drive around in the darkness shining his spotlight, and when he saw eyes he would just shoot at them and then drive on looking for more. Many of the dead deer were either pregnant or had recently given birth.