(OREGON STATE POLICE FISH & WILDLIFE DIVISION PRESS RELEASE)
A Sweet Home-area man was sentenced last Thursday following a conviction related to an investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers into the unlawful taking and possession of a bighorn sheep. Troopers from the Albany and Springfield OSP offices were involved in the investigation.
On April 7, 2011, ENOCH RAY ROBERTSON, age 30, was sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court on five counts of wildlife crimes. Sentencing included fines and restitution of $16,910, a lifetime hunting suspension, 40 months bench probation, six days in jail, and 10 days of compensatory service. The court also ordered the seizure of all property obtained during execution of a search warrant at his Sweet Home residence. This property included but was not limited to the bighorn sheep, two rifles, antlers and meat.
The trophy sized bighorn sheep was thought to be approximately 7 years old, had a gross score of over 173 Boone and Crocket points, and is believed to have been taken illegally in May 2010 near Richland, Oregon. The investigation also revealed two blacktail deer were killed out of season in the spring of 2010, and a cougar was killed without a cougar tag during the fall of 2009.