A Northeast Oregon man was arrested and taken to county jail last Saturday on suspicion of killing and wasting a dozen elk out of season.
According to a local newspaper, in February state fish and wildlife troopers found 12 dead elk on the ranch of Larry Harshfield, 69, as well as another 13 on a neighboring property.
“The elk carcasses appeared not to have had any attempt to salvage the meat from them,” reported the Wallowa County Chieftain.
This was an exceptionally long, cold, snowy winter in Northeast Oregon, with deer and elk getting into haystacks.
The paper states that Harshfield got in touch with ODFW about hazing and kill permits. The Chieftain quoted a local wildlife biologist who said that Harshfield didn’t want a kill permit so was given one to haze elk.
Then, on Saturday he was arrested for 12 counts of killing elk out of season and 12 counts of wastage.
Charges for allegedly killing and wasting the 13 elk found on the neighboring property are being considered, the paper adds.