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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers Cited Tillamook Man Related to Unlawful Sale of Antler Art on Internet
Sergeant Todd R. Hoodenpyl
Fish and Wildlife Division - Tillamook
Office: (503) 815-3373

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Members of the Oregon State Police (OSP) Mid Coast Fish & Wildlife Team cited a Tillamook-area man Thursday on two wildlife crimes related to an investigation of the unlawful sale of antler art on the Internet. Investigators report the antler trade has become very popular and may be traded or sold for several thousand dollars.
On April 24, 2008, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers cited HINDRIK VAN DIJKEN, age 51, from Tillamook for Unlawful Purchase and Sale of Wildlife and No Antler Dealer License, both class A misdemeanors. He was cited after a search warrant was served this morning at his Tillamook residence related to an investigation he was buying antlers from hunters without the proper license to do so. After purchasing the antlers, VAN DIJKEN was making antler art, and selling the product locally or on the Internet over Craigslist. He was also selling full shoulder deer mounts on Craigslist which is prohibited by law.
In conjunction with serving the search warrant, troopers seized a pickup truck full of illegal antlers and found several other pieces of wildlife that had been mounted and sold to the suspect for large sums of money, which is unlawful.
The Oregon wildlife laws are to prevent the offer to sell, or the selling of wildlife or wildlife parts, in an attempt to reduce the amount of wildlife taken illegally for profit.
Anyone with information or has purchased antler art from VAN DIJKEN is asked to call Trooper Casey Thomas at 503-815-3375.
The OSP Mid Coast Fish & Wildlife Team is comprised of OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from Astoria, Tillamook and Banks.