Columbia County, Crime, poaching

Police seek help in rash of poaching cases southwest of Vernonia

A .308 caliber bullet casing found in the area. Photo: OSP

COLUMBIA COUNTY - Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers say they responded to reports of a partially wasted spike elk discovered on Weyerhaeuser property off of Clear Creek Road near Timber Road in Columbia County on June 28. The location is roughly halfway between Timber and Vernonia.

According to an OSP press release, the OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers discovered the elk had been shot, with some meat removed but most left to waste.

Then, on July 5, troopers investigated another report from the same area where a buck deer was left to waste — just 50 yards from where the June 28 elk was located — with no meat removed.

A .308 caliber bullet casing was found on the road near the area.

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