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Update #3: OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers Arrest Sutherlin Man in Investigation of Illegally Dumping and Waste of Antelope
10/14/2011
Lieutenant Douglas Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
(541) 440-3366

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office arrested a Sutherlin man Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal dumping of the remains of 5 antelope carcasses late September in the Marvin Hill area northwest of Sutherlin. The investigation was boosted by a combined reward of up to $3,500 offered by Oregon Hunters Association (OHA), OHA Ochoco Chapter, and The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

According to Lieutenant Douglas Ladd, several good tips were received from the public that helped OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers obtain and serve a search warrant on October 13th at a Sutherlin-area residence. Troopers arrested RANDAL VERNON SMITHEY, age 46, at his residence and seized evidence related to the case.

SMITHEY was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on two counts of Waste of a Game Mammal - Antelope, and Offensive Littering. He is no longer in custody at the jail. Additional charges may be pending as a result of the ongoing investigation.

On September 29, 2011, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers found the carcasses of five antelope on Seneca Timber Company land in the first clear-cut along Marvin Hill Road about one mile south of Highway 138W. Several of the antelope were salvaged and one was left to waste. Troopers also found several items littering the site.

Senior Trooper Wayne Merritt and Trooper Jason Stone are leading the investigation.