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July 20, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Deer Killing 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 illegally killing three buck deer in the Trask Unit near Tillamook, Ore. This offer adds to an existing reward of $500 from the Oregon Hunter's Association.

The Case:

According to the Oregon State Police, on June 20, troopers received a report of three deer killed near milepost 1 on Fox Creek Road. Upon investigation, they discovered three recently killed buck deer.

"Whoever is responsible for this crime has a callous disregard for wildlife laws and the species they are intended to protect," said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Oregon State Police for their investigation."

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 or injure wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS works with state and federal 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 OSP Senior Trooper Guerra at (503) 815-3315 or the Turn in Poacher (TIP) line at 1-800-452-7888.

The HSUS works to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching 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.

Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching "HumaneTV" in the App Store.

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, including 2,273 acres in Oregon, and eight 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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