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OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers seek public’s help to identify elk poaching subjects near Tumalo

Elk found poached near Tumalo
Elk found poached near Tumalo

Did not have permission to hunt on private property

TUMALO, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers sought the public’s help Monday to identify two people in a recent elk-poaching case on private property near Tumalo.

Early on Monday, Sept. 26, a male and female were seen leaving private property near the intersection of Highway 20 and Tweed Road, troopers said.

OSP said the pair did not have permission to be on the property and were seen by a witness packing out the head and antlers of a bull elk to a vehicle, believed to be a red pickup, parked at the intersection of Highway 20W and Innes Market Road.

An investigation by OSP, assisted by the landowner, found that the subjects had processed a bull elk of unknown size on private property. A second bull elk was found deceased within an agricultural pivot on the same property, they said.

Both animals apparently were harvested with archery equipment, but troopers said they had no permission to hunt the property. Archery elk season ended a day earlier, on Sept. 25.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is urging anyone with information about this case to call the Oregon State Police Tip-line at 1-800-452-7888, OSP (677), or email at Please reference case number SP2225969.

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$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

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$200 - Unlawful Lending/Borrowing Big Game Tag(s)

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Game Birds or Furbearers

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

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All other protected avian species: see category below for listed species 

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