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February 25, 2010

Reward Offered in Elk Poaching Case in Oregon

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of three elk in the Trask Unit near Tillamook, Ore. This reward adds to an existing Oregon Hunter's Association offer of $1,000.  

The Case:

According to the Oregon State Police, on the weekend of Feb. 13, a recently killed cow elk was found on Clear Creek Ridge Road. Another cow elk and a spike elk were found dead about 40 yards off the road.

"Reward offers from organizations like The Humane Society of the United States and Oregon Hunter's Association can be a huge boost in helping to generate tips to solve cases such as this irresponsible poaching of elk in Tillamook County. We appreciate this help and hope it will provide the key link to identifying who is responsible," said Captain Walt Markee, director of the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division.

"The individual or individuals responsible for this callous poaching have an appalling disregard for both elk and the laws that exist to protect the species," said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds Oregon State Police for their tireless work to find those responsible for this serious crime."

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poachers are caught.
  • Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
  • The HSUS works with state wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Senior Trooper Guerra at 503-815-3315 or the Turn in Poacher line at 1-800-452-7888.

The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

Since 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 37 states and seven foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.

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