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Man Arrested for Elk Poaching
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Saturday June 18, 2016 - 2:57 PM
 
On June 14, 2016 OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers from the Astoria, Saint Helens, and Portland offices followed up on an anonymous tip leading them to contact three subjects at two separate residences in northeast Portland.

While at the first residence, Troopers interviewed Esgar GARCIA, age 31, who admitted to shooting both bull elk while recreationally shooting near Scappoose. Troopers found several sets of deer antlers which GARCIA admitted were shot at night on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA). Additionally, GARCIA admitted to shooting approximately other deer and cow elk on the SIWA that he had left to waste.

Troopers went to the second address, and interviewed Lionzo GARCIA-RODRIGUEZ, age 41, and a 16 year old regarding the incident. During the interview, the 16 year old juvenile admitted to shooting several times at the elk with an AR-15. All subjects were arrested for the following crimes:

Esgar GARCIA was arrested for:
Unlawful Take of Bull Elk: Closed Season x 2
Waste of Game Animal x 2
Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Lionzo GARCIA-RODRIGUEZ was arrested for:
Aiding in a Wildlife Violation: Unlawful Take of Bull Elk

16 year-old juvenile was arrested for:
Unlawful Take of Bull Elk: Closed Season
Waste of Game Animal

12 rifles, shotguns, and handguns were seized during the interviews, as well as the unlawfully taken deer antlers and two homemade sound suppressors. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Previous Release: The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Columbia County.

On the evening of May 29, 2016, OSP was notified of two dead bull elk in the area of Pittsburg Road near Baker Point (approximately 3 miles from Scappoose-Vernonia Highway). OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found two dead elk, determining they had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk were most likely shot on or around Saturday, May 28th.

A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program and $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Columbia County Chapter.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Sergeant Joe Warwick through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

Information on the TIP Reward Program: The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program. $100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)