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Reward Offered in Moose Poaching Case 

Nearly $7,000 is being offered as a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for killing a moose in Wallwa County.

Dead Moose

The Oregon State Police is seeking information on the illegal killing of a moose in Wallowa County.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OSP

On Dec. 2, 2016, the Oregon State Police was notified of one dead cow moose approximately 20 yards off of Coal Docks Road, which is located northwest of Wallowa in Wallowa County. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a cow moose had been shot and some of the meat left to waste. The subsequent Investigation revealed the moose was most likely shot in the late evening hours of Dec. 1 or early morning hours of Dec. 2. Evidence was collected at the scene.

“This particular poaching case has outraged hunters across the state,” said Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Conservation Director Jim Akenson, who is based in Wallowa County where the moose poaching took place. “We have a small moose population we’re working hard to nurture, and now there’s one less moose in Oregon as a result of this senseless act.” This case prompted 11 OHA chapters across the state (Baker County, Clatsop County, Hoodview, Josephine County, Ochoco, Pioneer, Rogue Valley, Tualatin Valley, Umpqua, Wallowa County, Yamhill County) and the Traditional Archers of Oregon to pool their resources to add additional money to the TIP reward of $1,000 to bring the total TIP reward to $6,850.

There are no lawful hunts that allow the harvesting of moose in Oregon.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Brian Miller through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or email at Brian.Miller@state.or.us.

The T.I.P. reward is paid for by the Oregon Hunter’s Association, 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.