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"Trailer of Shame" Makes Debut at Oregon State Fair
08/25/2008
Captain Walt Markee
Fish & Wildlife Division
Office: (503) 934-0221

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Oregon State Fair visitors can see and learn about what poachers are doing to our State's wildlife resources through the debut of the new "Trailer of Shame" at the Oregon State Police (OSP) display area.
 
Trailer of Shame
The "Trailer of Shame", a 20-foot by 8-foot cargo trailer paid for by poachers, has visual examples and information to help bring home the impact of what poaching does. The trailer's cost was covered by money received through the "Catch a Poacher Fund" which is managed by the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Fund.
 
"This traveling educational display was paid for 100 percent by poachers directed by the court to contribute to the fund as part of their sentence," said OSP Captain Walt Markee, director of the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division. "Poachers are wildlife thieves; taking away the opportunity of others to legally hunt the animals, or the enjoyment one may have of watching some of the most magnificent animals in our State."
 
After seeing similar displays in other states, Captain Markee assigned Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl (OSP Tillamook) and Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson (OSP The Dalles) to research and help designed Oregon's "Trailer of Shame". The end result includes:
  • Taxidermy mounts from illegally taken animals seized by OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers around the State.
  • Displays including large Roosevelt elk antlers, a Pronghorn Antelope mount, a Bighorn Mountain Sheep mount, a Mule deer mount, Blacktail deer antlers, and a "very large" Rocky Mountain Elk mount.
  • Background stories accompanying the mounts with explanation of charges each poacher faced in court.
  • A television installed to provide information about the important work done by the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division, while also helping recruit future OSP troopers to help protect Oregon's wildlife.
Trailer of Shame
"We hope this display will in some way help stop poaching in Oregon, and also tell people what their Fish & Wildlife troopers do to protect our wildlife while holding poachers accountable for their illegal acts," said Markee.
 
Following the Oregon State Fair, the "Trailer of Shame" will be showing up at other events around the State in the coming months.