Police on the hunt for deer poachers

Police are hunting for suspected deer poachers after two bucks were shot near Trail Saturday morning.

The Oregon State Police's Fish & Wildlife Division reported today that a four-point buck was found dead near a home off Crowfoot Road, which is east of Trail, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. OSP Sgt. Kirk Meyer said the buck had a single gunshot wound in its side. An investigation showed several witnesses had heard gunshots at 3 a.m. that day. A second injured two-point buck in a nearby pasture was reported during the initial investigation.

"(Investigators) were still looking in to the first one when the neighbor alerted them to the second one," Meyer said.

Police had to put the second deer down due to the extent of its injuries. Its meat was salvaged and will be donated to area food banks once it is butchered.

A $3,000 reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poachers program, Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with information should call OSP Senior Trooper Jim Collom at 541-618-7997.

— Ryan Pfeil

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