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Reward Money Quadruples In Poaching Case

Photo of poached bull elk in Glendale area.
Oregon State Police.
Photo of poached bull elk in Glendale area.

As Oregon State Police continue looking into the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County, a hunters’ group has added to the reward money being offered.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this is one of the latest in a string of poaching cases. 

Photo of poached bull elk in Glendale area.
Credit Oregon State Police.
Photo of poached bull elk in Glendale area.

Initially, there was 500 dollars offered for tips leading to the arrest of those responsible for poaching the elk last month.  Now the Oregon Hunters AssociationUmpquaChapter has added on, bringing the reward total to $2,000.

“I think the people who are most offended by this are hunters,” says AaronBaimbridge, the Oregon State Police trooper taking tips in the case. 

Baimbridge says the trophy animal was shot between two houses in Glendale around 2:30 am on Saturday, September17 th

Besides endangering residents,Baimbridgeadds it’s part of an ugly, wasteful trend.

“We’ve always had poaching, but typically it’s people that are either trying to get the meat or the antlers off the animal," he says. "But this is the second year now we’ve had over a dozen of these elk shot and left, and no one’s touched them.  And that’s a new one for us, that’s one that I don’t understand at all.  And so a lot of times, the meat is wasting not to mention a beautiful animal like that.” 

Oregon State Police say last week in Columbia County, an elk was killed then beheaded. The perpetrator left the rest of the carcass to waste.

Authorities say people may contact OSP Senior Trooper Aaron Baimbridge at 800-452-7888, (541)817-4473, or by email at aaron.baimbridge@state.or.us with any information regarding this case.  Information may be kept anonymous.   

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.