Construction Workers Help Nail Alleged Poacher

(OREGON STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE)

With help of a LRL Construction employee and local citizens last Friday, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers were able to find a man who shot and hit a spike bull elk near Berry Creek along the Wilson River in Tillamook County.  The incident happened one day before the start of the 1st Coast Bull Elk Season.

According to OSP Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl, on November 12, 2010 at approximately 7:30 a.m., witnesses were watching a herd of elk in a large clear-cut area near Berry Creek along the Wilson River when they saw a man shoot a spike bull elk.  An employee from LRL Construction used his company vehicle to block the suspect from leaving the area, and along with several witnesses they prevented the man from leaving while waiting for OSP troopers to arrive.

Subsequent investigation led OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from the Tillamook office to cite BRYANT ROBLES, age 31, from Hillsboro, on one count of Taking Bull Elk Closed Season.  The Class A misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of $6,250.

The shot elk fell to the ground where it remained about one minute before getting up and fleeing with the herd.  Troopers are on the lookout for the injured elk.

“The concerned witnesses and LRL Construction employee was the key to our being able to charge the suspect in this poaching incident,” said Hoodenpyl.

Hoodenpyl said poachers are stealing from all our citizens and encourages anyone to report wildlife violations to the Turn In Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or contacting their local OSP office.

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