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Police ask for public’s help in poaching case

Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help in the case of a buck that was apparently shot and abandoned to die near Jacksonville.
Buck shot and abandoned near Jacksonville

Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help in the case of a deer that was apparently shot from a roadway near Jacksonville and abandoned to die.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper responded to Pair a Dice Road near Jacksonville in response to a report of a poached buck.

OSP said clues at the scene indicated a vehicle made a sudden stop along the road and angled toward a location within view of the road.

The deer was likely spotted in that location and shot.

OSP said a quarter-mile trail of blood led from the location to a ridge. The deer appeared to have fallen a considerable distance from the ridge, then crossed a road, leaving a large blood trail.

The responding trooper found the deer with a large mortal wound on its right side, OSP said.

OSP is asking anyone with information about the case to call the OSP Turn-In-Poachers reward line at 1-800-452-7888 or send tips via email to tip@osp.oregon.gov. Reference case SP21325830.

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers hunting preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take, possession or waste of a bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, upland bird, waterfowl, fur-bearing animal, game fish or shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses or tags or unlawfully lend or borrow big game tags.