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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation Leads to Charges for Sheridan Man
Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl
Oregon State Police - Tillamook
Fish & Wildlife Division
(503) 842-2899

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An investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers into unlawful taxidermy business and related wildlife crimes led to charges for a Sheridan-area man last week.
According Senior Trooper Adam Turnbo, in the last part of 2010 information was received about possible unlawful hunting activities involving RYAN THOMPSON, age 25, from Sheridan. An investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant at the suspect's residence on July 29, 2010. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from Tillamook and McMinnville executed several search warrants and contacted THOMPSON. Numerous evidentiary items were seized including firearms, 8 bear skulls, deer and bear mounts, and unlawfully possessed wildlife and wildlife parts.
On September 16, 2011, OSP cited THOMPSON to appear in the Yamhill County and Tillamook County circuit courts on several crimes, including:
  • No Taxidermy License
  • Unlawful Possession of Bear Skulls
  • Baiting Bear
  • Unlawful Possession of Deer Mounts
  • Unlawful Possession of Fur Bearing Mammals
  • Taking Blacktail Deer - No Tag
  • Borrowing a Western Rifle Deer Tag
  • Unlawful Possession of a Cougar Cape