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TIPS ON POACHER SOUGHT

published Dec. 23, 2003

Mule deer buck killed near Klamath Wildlife Area in October

By DYLAN DARLING

Oregon State Police game officers are looking for tips about who killed a mule deer buck near the Klamath Wildlife Area in late October.

The deer was one of a herd that frequents the Collins Products mill site across the Klamath River from the wildlife area, said Tom Collom, district wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

But the deer wasn't your run-of-the-mill buck. It was a ten-by-seven - ten points on one antler, seven on the other.

Many workers at the mill had taken photos of the buck when it still had velvet on its antlers and munched on plants near the mill in early fall, he said.

"The folks who work at the mill call that deer herd their own," Collom said.

There are about 30 or 40 deer in the herd, he said. They like to cluster in the grove of cottonwood trees by the mill and the river.

The dead deer was spotted on the south bank in late October by a duck hunter who reported it to department officials. After an initial scan of the riverbank, officials didn't see the buck.

When officials went back a second time a week later they were able to smell it and found its decomposing carcass.

Collom said the buck was probably shot with a rifle. But he said it wasn't clear which side of the river the buck was on when it was shot.

He said officials were barely able to determine it was shot because of the decomposition.

No witnesses have come forward and little is known about who might have shot the buck.

"State police doesn't have much to go on," Collom said.

Poaching cases are usually solved by a tip from the the public, he said. And he said troopers hope they can find someone who knows something about the big buck.

Those with information should call the Oregon State Police at 883-5713 and ask for a game officer. They also can call the Oregon "turn in poachers," or TIP line toll free at (800) 452-7888.

Collom said the Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards for people whose information leads to the arrest of poachers.

Those who call either number may remain anonymous, he said.

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