December 11, 2016
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife division is asking for the public's help to identify individuals responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow moose in Wallowa County.
According to the OSP, troopers were notified Dec. 2 about one dead cow moose approximately 20 yards off of Coal Docks Road, which is located northwest of Wallowa. The subsequent Investigation revealed the moose was most likely shot in the late evening hours of Dec. 1 or early morning hours of Dec. 2, according go the release.
This is the second poaching case in Northeast Oregon since Nov. 16.
Nathan Crouch, 26, Dylan Crouch, 22, and Brianna Black, 18, all of Elgin, face misdemeanor charges of aiding in a game violation after three were arrested over the Thanksgiving holiday for the unlawful killing of three bull elk near Elgin.
Nathan Crouch remains at large and may have fled the state, according to state police. He also faces misdemeanor charges of two counts of unlawful taking of a bull elk; casting a light within 500 feet of a vehicle; hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle; hunting during prohibited hours; two counts for waste of a game animal; hunting on closed land; and hunting in a prohibited area — a public roadway.