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Reward Offered to Help Solve Illegal Elk Kill near Vernonia
11/18/2009
Trooper Timothy Schwartz
Oregon State Police - St. Helens
(503) 397-0325

Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the suspects involved in Wednesday morning's illegal killing of a spike bull elk in the Saddle Mountain Unit near Vernonia. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by the Oregon Hunter's Association for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.
 
On November 17, 2009 at approximately 9:50 a.m. Trooper Tim Schwartz and Recruit Trooper Vogel responded to the reported complaint. Witnesses advised three unknown people were attempting to salvage the spike elk in the area of Keasey Road and Columbia River Mainline. They were seen leaving the area in a newer model white Chevrolet Suburban with unknown dealer plates heading south on Keasey Road toward Vernonia.
 
The spike bull elk was found, including the head which had been removed and concealed beneath vegetation. The elk's four quarters and back straps had also been removed.
 
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the Turn in Poacher (TIP) number at 1-800-452-7888.