Oregon State Police say poaching case near Timber solved with public assistance

Timber – Oregon State Police say that three of four suspects in an elk poaching case near Timber have been issued criminal citations after several tips from the public came in regarding the case.

“Without all of the help from you, these violators would not have been caught,” OSP said in a statement released on their Facebook page.

Three suspects have been issued criminal citations; one for unlawful take of a bull elk, two for aiding in a wildlife offense, and all three for hunting in violation of criminal trespass.

A fourth suspect is out of the country; OSP says that a warrant will likely be issued for unlawful take of bull elk, unlawful waste of a game mammal, and hunting in violation of criminal trespass.

78 pounds of the remaining elk meat from the animal packed out was seized and donated to the Portland Rescue Mission. A rifle was also seized.

Two bull elk were killed on Weyerhaeuser property near Timber on November 10, according to the Oregon State Police (OSP), who launched an investigation, eventually asking for public assistance in locating the suspects in a photo taken by an individual in the area.

According to a media release by OSP, troopers were notified on November 10 about a group of hunters that shot two bull elk on Weyerhaeuser property near Wolf Creek Road and Timber Road.

One of the reporting parties watched the suspects from a nearby stand of trees as they field dressed one elk, and took a picture of the suspects.

When OSP troopers arrived, the hunters were no longer in the area – but had left a dead spike bull elk behind on the ground.

OSP checked the area, and did not locate the hunters.

Most of the meat from the elk was salvaged by troopers, who took it to The Meating Place, a Hillsboro-area butcher shop; the meat was then donated to Portland Rescue Mission, a Portland-based homeless services nonprofit.


How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677); TIP email: TIP@state.or.us (monitored Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

In addition to cash rewards, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife announced on October 1 that people who provide information on the unlawful take or possession or waste of big game (deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, antelope, bear, cougar, or wolf) that leads to a conviction or citation are eligible for big game preference points, used in lottery draws for controlled big game hunts in Oregon.

This new program resulted from the passage of HB 3158 by the Oregon State Legislature in 2017.

For more information, read the full program details at
https://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2018/10_october/100118.asp.