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Lincoln County Man Sentenced to Jail for Illegally Possessing Elk
09/25/2009
Sergeant Todd Thompson
Fish & Wildlife Division
Oregon State Police - Newport
(541) 265-5354 ext. 224

A year-long investigation in Lincoln County has resulted in the sentencing of a 51-year old Five Rivers, Oregon man to serve time in jail for the illegal possession of a cow elk.
 
On September 22, 2009, LYLE T. ARRANT, age 51, pled guilty in Lincoln County Circuit Court to one count of Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal.  According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Todd Thompson the case began September 4, 2008 when Senior Trooper Doug Canfield and Senior Trooper Greg Torland received a call from a landowner in the Five Rivers area reporting that two hunters had shot a cow elk with a rifle during bow hunting season.
 
While the two troopers examined the elk they found attempts had been made to disguise that a rifle was used to kill the animal.  A DNA sample was obtained from of the elk from meat found at the kill site.
 
The troopers later contacted ARRANT who claimed to have legally killed a different elk in the same area during bow season. A DNA sample was obtained from the hide of an elk that ARRANT had in his possession which he claimed to have legally killed.  Both DNA samples were sent to the Idaho Fish and Game Forensics Laboratory and their test results concluded that the hide sample seized from ARRANT matched the meat sample recovered from the kill site.
 
In addition to a ten day jail sentence for Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal, ARRANT was also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution, serve 3 years of probation and loose his hunting privileges for 2 years.
 
"This was a pretty significant sentence." said Sergeant Thompson. "We really hope that serves as a deterrent to others who might consider killing an animal more important than following the law."