By Tristan Hiegler
State wildlife troopers are looking into several recent deer poaching cases in Klamath and Lake counties. A cash reward is being offered to any member of the public that can provide information on the investigation.
According to an Oregon State Police (OSP) press release, Fish and Wildlife troopers are currently investigating a three-point buck that was found dead on Balsam Drive, just outside Klamath Falls.
The animal was killed either late Dec. 16 or early Dec. 17. According to the release, it was shot and left to waste.
Several deer have been found shot and with only their heads removed throughout rural areas of Klamath and Lake counties.
Also, a small buck's remains were found near a mailbox in rural Klamath County. According to the release, it had been illegally shot and butchered.
OSP Sgt. Randall Hand said deer season has been closed locally for over a month. He noted in the release that the current mild winter may be allowing poachers better access to rutting and wintering deer.
Typically, snow and ice would close forest roads and make certain areas inaccessible. This year, there is little snow at the higher elevations to block vehicle traffic.
The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards of up to $250 for information into deer poaching cases. According to the release, the rewards can be higher in cases when multiple animals are killed.
Information can be left anonymously at 1-800-452 7888. Information on deer cases in the Klamath and Lake county areas can also be given directly to Sgt. Hand at 541-851-4911.