THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION
The Oregon State Police (OSP) concluded an investigation into an Oregon City fishing guide found to be committing fishing violations while acting as a guide. In October of 2015 the OSP learned of a fishing trip where the clients had not only kept a foul-hooked salmon, but continued to angle once retaining their individual limit, and failed to validate their catch. A subsequent investigation revealed the guide, Wayne Priddy, 59, had aided his customers into violating wildlife laws while he was employed to guide them on Tillamook Bay. PRIDDY was later taken into custody and lodged at the Tillamook County Jail. He was charged with:
* Four (4) Misdemeanor Counts of Aiding in a Wildlife Offense
* Two (2) Misdemeanor Counts of Failure to Record/Validate Salmon
On April 4, 2016, PRIDDY pled guilty in Tillamook County Circuit Court to one (1) count of Aiding in a Wildlife Offense. He was sentenced to;
* 36 month probation
* $250.00 in fines
* Forfeit all property to OSP
* Ten (10) days in jail minus time served
* Cannot angle or assist anyone in angling until January 10, 2017
* Cannot possess any angling equipment outside his residence until January 10, 2017.
The Oregon State Police works closely with the Oregon State Marine Board to ensure guides and outfitters follow all laws related to the commercialization of wildlife. All wildlife violations, including those of the outfitter and guide laws, can be reported to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.