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Four Astoria-area Juveniles Cited in Unlawful Killing of Four Elk in Rural Clatsop County
05/17/2010
Trooper Jim O'Connor
Oregon State Police - Astoria
(503) 325-5515 ext. 47

A month-long investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division into the unlawful killing of four elk in rural Clatsop County led to four juvenile males who are now facing multiple wildlife crime charges. OSP troopers were assisted in the case by Astoria Police Department and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
 
On April 12, 2010, OSP fish & wildlife troopers from the Astoria Area Command office began an investigation into the unlawful killing of four elk. The investigation revealed that on or about April 9, 2010, four Astoria High School students armed with two firearms were camping on State Forestry property in rural Clatsop County. During their camping trip, the four juvenile males went hunting. One of them fired a rifle at a large herd of elk, followed by another firing a shotgun at an injured elk from a close distance.
 
A total of four elk were killed, one of which was a pregnant cow. A small portion of the elk meat was taken, leaving the remainder to waste.
 
The four juvenile males whose names are not being released were cited with the following wildlife crimes:

 
16-year-old male
* Unlawful Take of Elk - Closed Season (4 Counts)
* Wasting Wildlife (4 Counts)

 
15-year-old male
* Unlawful Take of Elk - Closed Season (4 Counts)
* Wasting Wildlife (4 Counts)

 
16-year-old male
* Aiding In A Wildlife Offense to wit: Unlawful Take of Elk - Closed Season
 
16-year-old male
* Aiding In A Wildlife Offense to wit: Unlawful Take of Elk - Closed Season