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August 3, 2011

Reward Offered in Oregon Deer Poaching Case

Up to $2500 offered for information leading to arrest

Wildlife Land Trust

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 identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a blacktail deer near Damascus, Ore. The HSUS reward adds to an existing $300 reward from the Oregon Hunters Association.

According to the Oregon State Police, on July 20 at approximately 10:15 p.m. it was reported that several shots were heard in the area of SE 242nd Avenue and Bohna Park Road. A dead male deer was later found in a field. A preliminary investigation indicates that he was killed with a small caliber rifle.

“Poachers callously disregard the laws in place to protect wildlife,” said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Oregon State Police for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.”

 Poaching:

• Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
• Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
• The HSUS and HSWLT work 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 should contact Oregon State Police Trooper Shoenborn at 503-490-4856 or Trooper Chris Boeholt at 971-313-1172. Callers may remain anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Learn more about poaching.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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