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November 22, 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 illegally shooting a female elk and leaving the animal wounded in Clatsop County, Ore. The HSUS reward adds to an existing offer of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association.

The Case:

According to the Oregon State Police, on Oct. 30, OSP Fish and Wildlife Division troopers responded to a report of a wounded elk on the Youngs River mainline near milepost 6. The elk had been shot with a firearm.

“The individual or individuals responsible for this cruel poaching have an appalling disregard for both elk and the laws that exist to protect wildlife,” 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:

  • 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 and HSWLT work 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 OSP Trooper Jim O’Connor at (503) 791-7003 or the Turn in Poacher (TIP) line at 1-800-452-7888.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to stop 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 38 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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