Oregon State Troopers found numerous deer antlers, deer meat and firearms
LA PINE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers arrested a La Pine man and others accused of poaching mule deer, officials said.
In December, OSP Troopers learned that Gene A. Parsons, 37, had illegally killed a large number of mature trophy class mule deer bucks in the fall.
On January 17 a search warrant was executed at Parsons’ La Pine home. Troopers found numerous large mule deer antlers, deer meat, firearms and controlled substances. Parsons was arrested and lodged at Deschutes County Jail for unlawful take/possession of mule deer.
Through an investigation, troopers identified and arrested an additional suspect, Lance Cournoyer, 44, of Grants Pass. Cournoyer was charged for felon possession of a firearm, two counts of unlawful take of mule deer, and waste of game mammal.
Parsons’ parents, Oliver Parsons, 64, and Suzan Parsons, 58, were found in possession of six sets of large mule deer antlers and deer meat. They were cited and released for aiding in a game violation, illegal possession of mule deer and tampering with evidence.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call 800.452.7888.