GLENDALE — Another bull elk has been shot and wasted in the southern Douglas County area and Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers are asking the public for help in identifying the responsible party.
“It’s a shame, it’s a waste,” said Senior Trooper Aaron Baimbridge who is leading the investigation on the Glendale case.
The dead elk was found in an open field in the 4000 block of Rueben Road and less than 50 yards off the road, according to Baimbridge. The trooper said people in the neighborhood heard a shot early last Saturday morning, but they didn’t discover the animal until later that morning. There were houses within about 70 yards on both sides of the bull.
Baimbridge retrieved the elk, but was not able to salvage the meat.
“It’s not a hunter that is doing that,” Baimbridge said. “They’re just a poacher. It’s frustrating to see the waste of these beautiful animals. No one including legitimate hunters and non-hunters want to see this.”
The Glendale area had a rash of elk poaching back in 2007 and 2008 when over about a year’s time, eight bulls were shot and wasted, all within a couple miles of the town. A reward for information and conviction of a poacher grew to $17,500, but none of the cases were solved and now the statue of limitations has passed on them.
Those cases, and now the present one, is upsetting for Glendale.
“I don’t think most of the people in Glendale are too fond of the poaching and that sort of thing,” said Adam Jones, the town’s mayor. “We’re a very, very remote town. We’re a city in the wilderness. Most people live here because they love the outdoors, but they don’t love this sort of thing. We hope to see this stopped.”
Andy Owens of A&M Transport, a trucking company based in Glendale, said the business has employees who bow hunt and rifle hunt and are “very frustrated” by the poaching incidents.
“The attitude of people in my operation is that they don’t support it in any way, shape or form,” Owens said. “Nobody is happy with the illegal killings and then leaving good elk meat to rot is a double bad.”
Baimbridge said he is optimistic the Glendale community will be more willing to help with this recent poaching incident than it seemed was the case with the illegal kills eight years ago. He said for those past cases, a couple people called in with leads, but nothing could be proved.
For this case, people have already called or emailed Baimbridge.
“I’m optimistic the Glendale area will help,” the trooper said. “I think they are tired of this. People are stepping up and offering to help. They don’t want this to happen again. It seems we’re getting more volunteered help than last time.”
In other cases, state troopers are investigating the shooting and waste of a 3-point bull and a spike bull in the Burnt Mountain area of the Coast Range in late July and the recent poaching of a 4-point bull found in the mountains between Camas Valley and Remote. The 4-point was found by a bow hunter and the other two by people out scouting prior to the hunting season.
No leads have been reported on those illegal shootings.
“The hunters I talk to are all upset by these shootings,” OSP trooper Kyle Bachmeier said. “They put time and effort into legally finding these animals and then to have somebody just waste them. They need to be stopped, absolutely. Hopefully we can figure this out.”
A reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the Glendale case. The reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poachers program.
Anyone with information regarding the case can contact Baimbridge through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-817-4473 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can be kept anonymous.