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Reward offered in Damascus poaching case

by: Oregon State Police Oregon State Police Trooper Mark Schoenborn believes this deer was killed using a small caliber rifle on July 20 at approximately 10:15 p.m. near SE 242nd Avenue and SE Bohna Park Road in a field outside of Damascus.

Two organizations stepped up on Tuesday with reward money to help solve the late July case of a illegally killed blacktail deer near Damascus.

Police received a report of someone hearing several shots in the area of Southeast 242nd Avenue and Bohna Park Road on July 20 at about 10:15 p.m. A dead deer was found in a nearby field, and the preliminary investigation by Oregon State Police Trooper Mark Schoenborn indicated the deer was killed using a small caliber rifle.

'It's not dear season, and that's not an area where it's ever lawful to hunt deer,' said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

The relevant charge would be a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a $6,250 fine and up to a year in jail.

Rewards of up to $2,500 by the Humane Society of the United States and $250 by the Oregon Hunter's Association are offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

'It's really hard to wrap your mind around why someone would be so callous, and we've been seeing more and more of these so-called thrill killings where someone will kill an animal and just leave it in a field to rot,' said Elise Traub, HSUS national anti-poaching program manager.

The organization has offered more than $350,000 in rewards in the last five years, but has averaged less than one solved case per year.

'The unfortunate reality of a lot of poaching cases is that a lot of them go unsolved,' Traub said. 'There's a lot of land that law enforcement is trying to cover with a small amount of resources, so we're trying to do what we can to help them end this senseless disregard for anti-poaching laws.'

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Schoenborn, 503-490-4856, or OSP Trooper Chris Boeholt, 971-313-1172.