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Hunting group offers rewards to crack down on poaching on Oregon Coast

The Daily Astorian
Friday, January 23, 2009

WARRENTON - The Oregon Hunters Association is offering rewards to help combat elk poaching on the Oregon Coast.

The action follows three cases including one at Fort Stevens State Park.

The group is offering rewards of up to $1,000 through its Turn In Poachers program for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poachers.

There have been three separate incidents recently:

Sometime in early to mid-December 2008, a spike bull was illegally killed and left to waste on Sand Road at Milepost 9 south of Sand Lake in Tillamook County. The bull was killed sometime prior to Dec.16.

Two cow elk were found illegally killed four miles up Jaybird Road near Siletz in Lincoln County. The cows were lying near the side of the road about 0.3 miles apart and were estimated to have been killed around Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. One cow had both backstraps removed and the other had one backstrap taken, with the remainder of the animal left to waste.

On Jan. 9, another cow elk was discovered illegally killed in Fort Stevens State Park. The animal was shot within an area closed to hunting as well as out of season and the elk was left to waste.

"Poachers are criminals, not hunters," said Don Backman, state board chairman of the Hunters Association. "We need to educate the public that poachers are not hunters any more than bank robbers are bank customers. Both groups are thieves, plain and simple."

More details may be found on a Web site OHA has created about the elk poachings at (www.geocities.com /ohastateboard/elkcases.html)

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIP hotline at (800) 452-7888

The Oregon Hunters Association has more than 10,000 members and 25 chapters. Its mission is "to provide abundant huntable wildlife resources in Oregon for present and future generations, enhancement of wildlife habitat and protection of hunters rights.".

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