UPDATE -Oregon State Police asking for public assistance with Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)


On September 3, 2019 the Oregon State Police requested the public’s assistance with information regarding a spike elk found dead in Yamhill County. Suspicious circumstances such as the proximity (150 yards) to another recent bull elk kill, the location of the spike in a main trail, the well placed broad head wound, as well as other physical evidence at the scene suggested the elk may have been located by the shooter and ultimately wasted. 

Through the press release both un-related parties involved with the take of the harvested elk as well as the wasted elk contacted OSP.

Troopers were able to use a trail camera they placed on the animal, the ODFW Electronic Licensing System, physical evidence at the scene (type of broadheads used etc.), and data from both parties ONX maps to corroborate statements made by the involved parties. It was determined the hunter who shot the elk had made a reasonable effort to locate the elk but had lost it. Once it was determined the elk was in fact the one he had shot, Troopers informed him he was required to validate his tag, which he did.

No enforcement action was taken on this case and the Oregon State Police would like to thank these individuals for coming forward. 


The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the person(s) responsible for the waste of a bull elk in Yamhill  County.

On August 30, 2019, OSP received information that two bull elk carcasses had been found and one appeared to be completely wasted. Evidence at the scene indicates someone successfully located the wasted bull after it was dead, but failed to harvest the animal.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Dispatch at *OSP (*677) from a mobile phone or through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Reference Trooper Jerome


** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 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

Or the TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.


Cash Rewards

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat & Moose 
$500 Elk, Deer & Antelope 
$300 Bear, Cougar & Wolf
$300 Habitat Destruction 
$200 Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags

$200 Unlawful Lending/Borrowing Big Game Tag(s)

$100 Game Fish & Shellfish
$100 Upland Birds & Waterfowl or Furbearers


How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

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