UPDATE 12:25 P.M., APRIL 12, 2017: IN A TWEET, OSP REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE SUBJECTS
During the depths of one of the most severe winters in recent decades, two men apparently decided they just didn’t need to abide by big game range closures.
Unfortunately for them, a trail cam snapped their photos as well as potential evidence on their backs, and now Oregon wildlife troopers want to know who they are.
Yesterday, the state police put out photos of the duo, who appear to be in their 20s and were dudded up in camo and carrying backpacks with antlers poking out the tops.
OSP says the two are thought to have been involved in violating wildlife laws on North-central Oregon’s White River Wildlife Area in late February.
It wasn’t immediately clear what OSP meant by wildlife violations, but about half of the 30,000-acre wildlife area, which sits east of Mt. Hood near Tygh Valley, is closed through the end of March to protect winter-weakened deer and elk.
Less than a week after the incident, ODFW put out a press release quoting a prominent member of the state’s shed hunting fraternity advising antler seekers to put off their trips until spring.
“It’s easy to think since there is not a lot of snow now that the critters are fine, but that’s not necessarily the case,” Rob Tanner of Oregon Shed Hunters said in the release. “It’s making it difficult for wildlife to get around, especially deer.”
Anybody with information on the two individuals are being asked to call OSP Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson at (541) 980-2693.