Oregon State Police seek public assistance in unlawful killing of elk near Timber

Timber – Two bull elk were killed on Weyerhaeuser property near Timber on November 10, according to the Oregon State Police (OSP), and the public’s help is needed to locate the suspects who left an elk to rot on the ground.

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. It is believed that they did not have permits to hunt there, according to OSP. Weyerhaeuser did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.

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 (located above).

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.

OSP is requesting that anyone with information about the unlawful take of the elk contact Trooper Ben Turner at *OSP (*677) from a cell phone or via email at TIP@state.or.us.

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 here.