OSP requesting assistance in Harney County deer poaching case

By on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 in More Top Stories


UPDATE: Two additional deer have been shot with darts. Local KZHC news confirmed with Sergeant Erich Timko that two additional deer have been located shot with darts in the same area of Burns, Oregon…yesterday and again today. OSP Sergeant Timko is urging the public to please contact the OSP TIP HOTLINE at 1-800-452-7888 or Trooper Trent at 541-589-2547 if you have any information on the case.

PREVIOUS: (News Release from Oregon State Police) The Oregon State Police is requesting the public’s assistance to help identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of at least three mule deer and wasting two of those deer in Harney County.On November 6, 2020, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers were notified of a deceased mule deer fawn with a dart in its neck and chest area, in the area of Court Street near Railroad Ave in Burns, OR.An OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper also located a second mule deer doe in the vicinity that also had the same kind of dart in her shoulder.On February 13, 2021 at approximately 12:00 P.M., Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers investigated a third deer shot with a similar dart and severely injured in the same vicinity of the previous two deer. The deer had to be euthanized by the trooper.If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Trooper Dean Trent through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-589-2547.**Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who “work” the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000


Elk, deer, antelope $500

Bear, cougar, wolf $300

Habitat destruction $300

Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200

Game fish, shell fish $100

Upland birds, waterfowl $100

Furbearers $100

Preference Points:5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points- Cougar