Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers from the Bend Area Command office are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect(s) who unlawfully shot and wasted four deer in the Kotzman Basin area southeast of Bend. A reward of up to $500 is offered by the Oregon Hunter’s Association (OHA) for information that leads to an arrest in this case.
According to Senior Trooper Andrew Menlow, on November 17, 2012 a report was received from two people filming winter range deer of the discovery of four deer unlawfully killed and left to waste in the Kotzman Basin area south of Highway 20 in Deschutes County. Three dead deer were found together and a fourth was found south near NF 23 Road. Three of the 4 deer had their heads removed. Information indicates the deer were shot during daylight in the late afternoon hours on Friday, November 16.
The reward is offered through the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) program. Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or contact Senior Trooper Menlow at (541) 419-1651.
News Release and Photo from: Oregon State Police