OSP: On Spring Campout, High Schoolers Blast Elk Herd

Four Astoria High School students stand accused of multiple wildlife crime charges for allegedly shooting four elk in Northwest Oregon last month.

According to the Oregon State Police, the four boys were camping on state forest land in Clatsop County around April 9 when they went out “hunting.”

No season was actually open, but OSP says that one of the boys fired a rifle at a large herd of elk while another shot a shotgun at an injured one from a closer distance.

Of the four animals killed, one was a pregnant cow. Only a “small portion” of meat was taken; the rest was left to waste, according to OSP.

The juveniles, who were not named, were cited with the following wildlife crimes:

16-year-old male
* Unlawful Take of Elk – Closed Season (4 Counts)
* Wasting Wildlife (4 Counts)

15-year-old male
* Unlawful Take of Elk – Closed Season (4 Counts)
* Wasting Wildlife (4 Counts)

16-year-old male
* Aiding In A Wildlife Offense to wit: Unlawful Take of Elk – Closed Season

16-year-old male
* Aiding In A Wildlife Offense to wit: Unlawful Take of Elk – Closed Season

UPDATE: THE DAILY ASTORIAN HAS MORE ABOUT HOW THIS CAME TOGETHER, STARTING WITH HOW THE CULPRITS ALLEGEDLY SHOWED IMAGES OF THE ILLEGAL KILLS AROUND CAMPUS.

“One of the things we realized right away was that they were showing images, a number of images, to friends at the high school and talking about it,” OSP Sgt. Jeff Scroup said.

When an officer went to the high school to investigate further, there was no sense of shock or surprise, the usual response when a state trooper shows up.

“Everyone knew why we were there,” Scroup said.

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