Man Charged With Killing One Of Oregon’s Rare Moose

A Northeast Oregon area man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly killing a young bull moose last summer.

According to the East Oregonian, Thad Nelson, 44, killed the moose near his home on the Umatilla Reservation, near Emigrant Springs State Park.

OREGON'S MOOSE POPULATION WAS LAST ESTIMATED AT 75 OR SO. (PAT MATTHEWS, ODFW)

OREGON’S MOOSE POPULATION WAS LAST ESTIMATED AT 60 TO 70 OR SO. (PAT MATTHEWS, ODFW)

With so few moose in Oregon — the population was estimated at 60 to 70 at last check — there is no hunting season on them.

“Umatilla Tribal Police Chief Tim Addleman said the suspect was uncooperative in revealing his motive in allegedly killing the moose. Addleman said there were apparent efforts to preserve the moose head,” reported the newspaper last night.

Following a tip, the case was investigated by the Oregon State Police and tribal officers, and eventually grew to include city, county and federal law enforcement agencies as a nexus was allegedly discovered between Nelson’s home and allegedly stolen property and drugs.

Two others were arrested at the home on warrants.

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