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Info Sought On Killer(s) Of 2 Bald Eagles At Brownlee

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent shooting of two mature bald eagles along the shore of Brownlee Reservoir near Steck Park. The birds were discovered Sunday, February 28th, although exact time of death could not be determined. Fish and Game veterinarian Mark Drew confirmed that both had been shot with a high-powered rifle.

(MARK SANDS, IDFG)

(MARK SANDS, IDFG)

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

Bald eagles are the only eagle species unique to North America and are the national bird of the United States. They are also fully protected both federally and at the state level as are all birds of prey or raptors found in Idaho.

Fish and Game conservation officer Mark Sands is investigating, and would like to speak with anyone who might have information regarding the case. “I’m hopeful someone will contact me directly with details about these eagle shootings,” Sands said. He can be reached direct at 208-989-9322.

In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding this case may also contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays, Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends or the Washington County Sheriff’s Office anytime at 208-414-2121.

Info Sought In Case Of Big Muley Poached At Malheur NWR Last November

Turns out there’s a little bit more news to report from Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where the illegal 41-day occupation ended this morning.

Well before it began, someone poached a big-bodied mule deer buck near Frenchglen and cut off its head, probably because it held trophy-caliber antler.

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According to the Oregon State Police’s Fish and Wildlife Division, the animal is believed to have been shot on or around Nov. 20.

The agency says a reward from the Oregon Hunters Association is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

You can call in tips anonymously (800-452-7888) or contact OSP’s Sergeant Cyr (541-523-5867 ext. 4170).

Citizen Tip, Facebookers Help Bust Utah Man Who Poached Idaho Deer

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IDAHO FISH & GAME

A deer poaching case involving a distinctive vehicle, an alert citizen, and a groundswell of public interest has concluded with fines and license suspensions for a Roosevelt, Utah man. And a Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) call started it all.

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In early November of 2014, a concerned citizen called the CAP hotline to report what he thought to be an illegally-taken mule deer. While fueling his vehicle at the Boise Stage Stop on Interstate 84 east of Boise, he visited with two men driving a brand new tan Ford Raptor pickup truck. A tarp-covered mule deer buck in the back of the Raptor caught his attention, and motivated him to report his observations.

Just days later, Fish and Game investigators identified one of those men as Mark Richens (34) of Roosevelt, Utah. It was also determined that Richens had just purchased a duplicate deer tag, reporting to the issuing license vendor that his original unit 40 late-season buck tag had been lost.

Shortly afterwards, it was determined that Richens was back in Unit 40, actively hunting trophy mule deer. Officers eventually located both Richens and his hunting partner where they proved to be less than cooperative during an interview, suggesting that officers “contact our attorneys.”

On December 19 2014, some case information and photographs were released to the public via standard media as well as the Fish and Game Southwest Region and CAP Facebook pages, with an appeal for additional information that might bolster the case against Richens.

Public reaction was both rapid and overwhelming, as the post was quickly relayed from one Facebook user to another. “We had an amazing response from the Facebook world,” Fish and Game regional investigator Kurt Stieglitz noted. “I received a message the very first evening from a caller who identified Mark Richens as the driver of the Ford Raptor and provided other case details.” Additional information funneled into Stieglitz’ office in the days that followed, allowing him to seek a criminal complaint against Richens for attempting to take a second trophy mule deer.

Mark Richens was eventually charged with one count of hunting/unlawfully taking a big game animal in Owyhee County, Idaho, and one count of hunting with an invalid tag. In early October 2015, the invalid tag charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement by which Richens was ordered to pay $665 in fines and court costs. Owyhee County Magistrate Judge Dan Grober also handed down a two-year hunting license revocation which included the provision that Richens cannot be in possession of a firearm while in Idaho, nor accompany another hunter in the field in Idaho for the two-year period. A 90-day jail sentence will be imposed should Richens fail to comply with these conditions during his one-year probationary period.

Fish and Game officers did the legwork, but the real heroes in this case were ordinary citizens. “We developed a solid case thanks to citizen involvement,” Stieglitz said. “It’s gratifying to know that so many Idahoans value the state’s wildlife and will move quickly to defend it.”

Persons with any information about suspected poaching activity are encouraged to call the Citizens against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999, twenty-four hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous and cash rewards are often paid for information leading to the successful conclusion of a case. In addition to the CAP hotline, persons may also contact their local Fish and Game office with information regarding a suspected poaching case.

Burns Man Cited For Illegal Possession Of 4 Trophy Buck Skulls

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE, FISH & WILDLIFE DIVISION

On January 21, 2016, at approximately 12:15 p.m. an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper received an anonymous game complaint originating in the Burns area regarding a person to be in possession of multiple trophy mule deer. OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers contacted, JADEN SIMPSON, age 19, from Burns, and learned that he was in possession of four (4) trophy buck skulls.

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UNDER OREGON’S LAWS, IT’S ILLEGAL TO POSSESS THE SKULL OF A DEER, ETC., WITHOUT A TAG FOR THAT ANIMAL. HOWEVER, SHED HUNTERS ARE ALLOWED TO COLLECT ANTLERS THEY FIND. (OSP)

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers seized the four trophy buck skulls. SIMPSON was criminally cited for four (4) counts of Illegal Possession of Game Parts-Mule Deer Skulls and other wildlife charges will be forwarded to the Harney County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by OSP Patrol Division troopers with the investigation.

UPDATE FEB. 10, 2016, 4:07 P.M. Here is what ODFW writes about the rules of possessing shed antlers:

Oregon Big Game Regulations (page 28) state that “No person shall possess or transport any game mammal or part thereof which has been illegally killed, found or killed for humane reasons, except shed antlers, unless they have notified and received permission from personnel of the Oregon State Police or ODFW prior to transporting.” So people may pick up naturally shed antlers in the outdoors, but may not pick up skulls with antlers attached without permission.

People who collect shed antlers are allowed to sell or exchange them, but certain rules apply. Only naturally shed antlers, antlers detached from the skull, or a skull split apart can be sold or exchanged. For antlers detached from the skull or skulls split apart, the seller must have legally taken the game part (e.g. on a big game tag or after receiving permission from OSP or ODFW to remove skull and antlers from the wild in the first place.)

Past poaching problems led to the regulations. Skulls that are split have less value and are not eligible for record books. These regulations reduce the incentive for someone to kill animals on winter range or out of season, hide the skull, and go back months later and “find it”. A Hide/Antler Dealer permit ($17) is needed to purchase antlers for use in the manufacture of handcrafted items.

Thanksgiving Travesty: Four Baker Co. Bucks Killed For Their Heads Alone

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE, FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of five (5) mule deer outside of Baker City, within the Lookout Mountain Wildlife Management Unit, located in Baker County.

On December 1, 2015 OSP was notified of three dead mule deer, two of the deer were mule deer bucks with their heads removed, the third was a mule deer doe. The deer were unlawfully killed off of the main Lookout Mountain road.

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During the investigation it was determined that there were a minimum of five mule deer and one wild turkey that were killed at this location. Four of the five deer were bucks with their heads removed. All five deer were left to waste. The deer are believed to have been killed during the week of Thanksgiving.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this or any other wildlife offense. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Brad Duncan with the Oregon State Police in Baker City at 541-519-7867.

Rollover Accident Leads To Discovery Of Poached Buck

A truck carrying an allegedly poached mule deer rolled on a remote Eastern Washington road in late December, and charges could be filed against the shooter.

According to WDFW’s Capt. Chris Anderson in Ephrata, on Dec. 30, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident near the town of Marlin.

Upon arrival, a deputy saw a large mule deer buck and then notified WDFW.

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When Officer Chris Busching arrived, the driver told him that the deer had been hit by a car.

The carcass, however, suggested otherwise:

Busching “found a fresh bullet hole in the chest cavity, and no evidence of any external trauma,” reports Anderson.

The driver, who was also arrested for allegedly driving intoxicated, gave officers the name of a passenger who allegedly shot the buck but left the wreck before police arrived.

Follow-up investigation with that individual led to an alleged confession.

The rifle that officers say was used to shoot the deer was recovered from a home near Marlin, where it had been stashed.

“The case will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office for charging once the investigation has been completed,” reports Anderson.

2 More Tulalip Members Accused Of Poaching Crab

Two more Tulalip Tribes members stand accused of poaching Dungeness in Puget Sound.

KOMO News yesterday reported that WDFW officers arrested Robert Fryberg and Nicholas Edelman as they sold crab at a nail salon.

“They stole a thousand crab in the six weeks we observed them,” Deputy Chief Mike Cenci told reporter Matt Markovich.

The operation allegedly focused around the Tulalip Reservation in Marine Area 8-2.

The arrest follows on last year’s investigation and the arrest of Joe Hatch, former codirector of the Tulalip Tribes fish and wildlife agency.

Joe Hatch Sr. and Joe Hatch Jr. were both charged by the Tulalip Tribes with 13 counts of fishing in closed waters.

Cascade Locks Coot Killer(s) Sought

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public’s help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of 15-20 Coot Ducks near Government Cove in Cascade locks.

(KATHY MUNSEL, ODFW)

(KATHY MUNSEL, ODFW)

On the morning of November 12, 2015, OSP was notified by a Hood River Sheriffs Office Deputy about the coot ducks floating dead near Government Cove in Cascade Locks. There was no evidence at the scene to determine the cause of death. The Dalles ODFW went to Government Island and collected 4 ducks and sent them into the ODFW lab. It was determined the ducks were killed by a small caliber weapon, possibly a .17 caliber rifle or pellet gun was used to kill the ducks.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper Thaddeus Routson at The Dalles Patrol Office 541-296-9646 or through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website for more information about the American Coot Duck http://www.dfw.state.or.us/species/birds/rails_coots_cranes.asp.

Tips Shot On Branch Bull Shot At Ladd Marsh During Spike Season

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help in locating the persons responsible for the unlawful taking of a branch antlered bull elk outside of La Grande in the Starkey Unit located in Union County.

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The bull was shot and left to waste just west of Foothill Road in the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. The bull elk is believed to have been shot on approximately November 10th. The incident occurred during the general season Rocky Mountain elk season which is open to spike elk only. There was no season open for branch antlered bull elk.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contacted Senior Trooper Kris Davis at the Oregon State Police office in La Grande at 541-805-4757.

OSP Looking For Info On Large 3×4 Illegally Killed In Grants Pass

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, an Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Trooper from the Grants Pass office responded to a report of a 3×4 buck deer found dead off Frankham Road near Cloverlawn Drive, in the southeast part of Grants Pass. The Trooper located the buck in a yard and determined it was killed with archery equipment.

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The Trooper determined that this incident likely occurred on the previous day (Monday) in Unit 28 which currently has a muzzleloader deer season active at this time, but not an open archery season.

The Oregon State Police is looking for information on who killed the buck. Information leading to the arrest of the person responsible could result in a reward.

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OSP is asking for the public help from anyone who may have information regarding this case. Individuals can call the Oregon TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or the Oregon State Police dispatch at 541-776-6111.