By Mia Carlson
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating an apparent case of poaching near Anatone last night. Public Information Officer Madonna Luers says the case involves four subjects and no charges have been filed yet.
"At this point I can confirm that the investigation started last night when an Anatone area landowner heard shooting, saw a truck with a deer in the back, and called authorities," she says. With assistance from Asotin County Sheriff's Deputies and the Asotin Police Department, the male subjects were detained at the Asotin Market.
According to Asotin Police Officer Bill Guinn, it is believed that the subjects came down George Creek and dumped the carcass before they got into town. He says the subjects, who ranged in age from a teenager to approximately 25 years of age, pulled into the Asotin Market in a white pickup and went into the store. One of them left the store and casually walked away, but was located about four or five blocks away.
After interviewing the subjects, they admitted to shooting a three to four-point buck and disposing of it about three miles up George Creek. It is unknown at this time if WDFW officers have recovered it. Guinn says all four subjects had blood on their clothing and shoes, and there was blood in the back of the pickup. The investigation is continuing.