Oregon teens accused of crimes against wildlife
The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Numerous charges have been filed against three teenagers accused of unlawfully taking and wasting deer and elk in the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit.
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division says troopers noticed that gates leading to critical mule deer winter range habitat had been shot off. They then discovered headless mule deer bucks and wasted meat.
During the investigation, troopers found other evidence of illegal deer poaching in different areas of the Metolius Unit.
Police identified the teens as 18-year-old Cole Craig of Bend, 18-year-old Tyler Mitchell of Gold Hill and a 17-year-old boy from Sisters.
All have been cited to appear in court in their respective home counties.
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