The local Umpqua Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association has pledged $2,000 toward a reward for information leading to whoever poached a bull elk in the Glendale area last month, bringing the total reward offered to $2,500.
“OHA is outraged at this latest elk poaching incident near Glendale,” said OHA Conservation Director Jim Akenson. “As the administrator of the TIP (Turn In Poachers) program that annually pays more than $13,000 to informants in poaching cases, OHA has been a leader in the fight against poaching for more than three decades.”
After receiving notification of a dead bull elk in the area of the 4000 block of Reuben Road in Glendale on the morning of Sept. 17, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a dead elk in an open field between two houses, and determined the bull had been shot with a rifle and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Sept. 17 at 2:30 a.m.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Aaron Baimbridge through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-817-4473, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information may be kept anonymous.
“We have seen heinous elk-poaching sprees in the past near Glendale, where elk are commonly seen from Interstate 5,” Akenson said. “So there’s heightened sensitivity in this case. We’ve simply seen enough of it and want it to stop.”
OHA (oregonhunters.org) helped pass a new law in the 2016 legislative session increasing penalties for poachers in Oregon.
OHA is a pro-hunting organization with 10,000 members and 26 chapters statewide.