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Suspect sought in waterfowl poachings at Grants Pass parks

Grants Pass Parks and Recreation workers found this goose carcass left to waste in a suitcase Thursday at Riverside Park, according to the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife division. It’s similar to other recent waterfowl poaching incidents reported at Riverside and Baker parks. [OSP photo]

Police are asking for tips to find a suspect accused of shooting waterfowl at Grants Pass area parks, and leaving the bird carcasses to waste in luggage and trash bags.

The most recent bird slaying was reported Thursday, when Grants Pass Parks and Recreation workers found a deceased goose hidden inside a suitcase at Riverside Park and immediately contacted police, according to a release by OSP Fish & Wildlife Division.

The killing appears to be similar to other recent poaching incidents that involve geese and ducks found unlawfully shot and left to waste inside plastic garbage bags at Riverside Park and Baker Park, according to OSP.

Anyone who may have information regarding the case is asked to call the Oregon State Police tip line at 1-800-452-7888, dialing *OSP (*677) or by emailing TIP@state.or.us, and reference case No. SP22004647.

The Oregon Hunters Association offers preference points or cash rewards for tips that result in arrests or citations of poachers through its Turn-In-Poachers or TIP program. Cash rewards of up to $100 are available for poaching cases involving upland birds or waterfowl.