Two convicted poachers in Oregon were given strict sentences, including more than $23,000 in fines, in a case involving illegally killed blacktail deer.
The Oregon State Police said in a news release Brandon J. Yamanaka, 30, of Toledo, pleaded guilty, and Christopher J. Martin, 33, of Albany, pleaded no contest April 11 to Class A misdemeanor poaching as part of a plea bargain in a Benton County, Ore., court. Many other wildlife violations were dismissed as part of the plea deal, the state police said.
According to the state police news release:
The charges stemmed from an investigation which resulted in the service of several search warrants by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team. As a result of the investigation multiple trophy class black tailed deer taxidermy mounts, turkey parts, bows and a shotgun were seized. The subjects had taken animals closed season and had been involved in taking multiple animals a season without the proper or sufficient number of tags. Yamanaka had a previous wildlife offense conviction.
Both men were sentenced to two years bench probation, 80 hours of community service, forfeiture of wildlife and weapons seized in the investigation, and five-year suspensions of hunting privileges.
Yamanaka also must pay $15,650 in fines, fees and restitution; Martin must pay $8,150.
The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, fur-bearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.
In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who “work” the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.
- Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
- Elk, deer, antelope $500
- Bear, cougar, wolf $300
- Habitat destruction $300
- Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
- Game fish, shell fish $100
- Upland birds, waterfowl $100
- Fur-bearers $100