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Reward Offered - OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers Asking for Public's Help in Jefferson County Elk Poaching Case
10/20/2011
Sergeant David Pond
Oregon State Police - Bend
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 388-6213 ext. 2240

Oregon State Police Fish (OSP) & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect responsible for Tuesday's illegal killing of a cow elk in the Metolius Unit approximately 5 miles west of Camp Sherman in Jefferson County. The initial investigation indicates the suspect was accompanied by a male juvenile. A reward of up to $500 is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poacher (TIP) program for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.
 
On October 18, 2011 at approximately 5:00 p.m. an adult male accompanied by a boy reportedly shot a cow elk near the US Forest Service Road 1230/230 in Metolius Unit. After the cow elk was shot and killed, it was left at the scene to waste. The area where the cow elk was shot is open only at this time to the lawful taking of bull elk only.
 
The adult male is described as approximately 25 years of age, wore eyeglasses, and was wearing a gray & blue plaid shirt. The boy who was with the male suspect appeared to be about 10 years of age and was wearing a large orange vest that hung down below his knees. The boy may have been carrying a rifle.
 
OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers responded to the scene and located the dead cow elk. Troopers hiked about a quarter mile from the road to the site. All OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers are certified meat inspectors and due to the length of time and warm conditions related to the elk's death, troopers felt they could not salvage the elk meat for human consumption but could be donated to raptor rehabilitators. Troopers salvaged the elk meat, hiked back out to their vehicles and later delivered it to a local raptor rehabilitator.
 
According to Sergeant David Pond, meat fit for human consumption is given to local charities, food banks, and others on a meat donation list with medical requirements for lean/no fat meats. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers in the central Oregon area salvage over a dozen illegally killed deer and elk each year for local donation.
 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation to identify the suspect can call Sergeant Pond at (541) 388-6213 ext. 2240 or the Turn-in-Poacher tip line at 800-452-7888.