Oregon wildlife troopers are asking for the public’s help to solve a trio of recent poaching cases involving four elk and a hawk.
TWO OF THREE COW ELK FOUND DEAD EAST OF TILLAMOOK EARLIER THIS MONTH. (OSP)
They say that the three cows and five-point bull were found earlier this month in Tillamook and Lincoln Counties, all shot by a rifle, and they say a redtail found injured in Jackson County had been shot as well.
The cow elk were investigated Jan. 12 and were found in a clear-cut 2.5 miles up a road off Highway 6 in the Fox Creek area east of Tillamook. OSP reported that they had been killed with a high-powered rifle and left to waste, but said that evidence was gathered at the scene.
Tipsters are being asked to call OSP Dispatch (503-842-4433) and reference case number SP19-013862.
As for the bull, it was found by a landowner on Jan. 8 near Hidden Valley Road just west of Toledo.
It too was left to waste, OSP reported. Informants are being told to contact Trooper Jason Adkins (800-452-7888; 541-961-8859; TIP@state.or.us) and to reference case SP19-022825.
And the hawk was found Jan. 16 in Central Point behaving oddly and determined to have been shot. It was captured and taken to a local wildlife rehab center but died from its injury.
Anyone with info can call OSP dispatch (541-776-6111) and reference case SP19-018083.
Two thousand dollars is now being offered for information that leads to whomever shot and wasted a bull elk in Southern Oregon two weeks ago.
The Oregon State Police says that in addition to the standing $500 offered through the Turn In Poachers Program, the Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Hunter’s Association has chipped in $1,000 while Cascade Ranch is offering another $500.
The incident occurred the evening of Friday, Nov. 16, east of Medford, according to state fish and wildlife troopers.
Investigators found the partially butchered bull off of South Fork Little Butte Creek Road, roughly 2 miles from where it cuts over Lake Creek.
The animal had been shot and according to troopers, and after rifle shots were heard a dark-colored SUV was seen in the area at approximately 9:15.
Anyone with information is being asked to call Sgt. Jim Collom, (541) 841-0416, the TIP hotline (800-452-7888) or *OSP (677).
Tipsters can collect four preference points for big game hunts instead of cash for info that leads to an arrest or citation.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESSS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION
On January 27 at approximately 9:00 am, Central Point Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to the Sam’s Valley area near Agate Road to investigate the possible shooting of a bull elk. This is in Jackson County and is approximately one mile south of Highway 234.
When Troopers arrived they found a four point bull elk standing in a pasture with what appeared to be a bullet wound just behind his left shoulder blade. Shortly after their arrival, the bull succumbed to his injury. A witness in the area said that two hours prior to the Troopers arrival, he had observed a newer, white, full size truck that had stopped in the roadway just east of where the bull was located. The witness reported the passenger of that vehicle fired the shot. The vehicle then left the area.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.