Update On Tribal Arrest Of Legal Elk Hunters

A county sheriff sergeant says they didn’t, but a Washington tribe insists it had the legal right to arrest and detain three nontribal elk hunters who’d legally taken a bull on private property near Brinnon in early October.

The statement came out yesterday in an article in the Peninsula Daily News, following up on an article by the Port Townsend Leader which was there when Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal police approached Don and Danny Phipps and Adam Boling with guns drawn, arrested and held them for two hours on Oct. 3.

“Natural Re-sources Enforcement officers are mandated to respond when a possible violation is reported within the tribe’s usual and accustomed fishing and hunting grounds, and are expertly trained to handle these situations,” reads a statement from the tribe.

Boling has filed a complaint with Jefferson County, which is investigating the matter.

The Daily News reports:

“Jefferson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Stringer, who is a former officer with the Suquamish tribe, has said that all tribal officers have jurisdiction only on tribal land, or if they are dealing with tribal members or if they have a cross-commission from the sheriff.

WDFW is also investigating, and may issue a report later this week, the newspaper reports.

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