$25,000 reward for tips on mass wildlife poisoning in Wallowa County, Oregon

$25,000 reward for tips on mass wildlife poisoning in Wallowa County, Oregon

A series of wildlife poisonings in Wallowa County, Oregon, has led to the deaths of three gray wolves, two golden eagles, a mountain lion, a coyote, and domestic dogs, prompting officials to offer a $25,000 reward for information. The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is investigating these incidents, which include poisonings that occurred within the Chesnimnus and Wenaha Wildlife Management Units. Since 2015, 19 wolves have been poisoned in Oregon, with the most recent cases occurring between February and March 2024.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has indicated that the primary target of the poisonings appears to be wolves, but the impact has expanded to other wildlife and pets. They have advised the public to be vigilant and protect their pets during outdoor activities in northeast Oregon. The poisoning of federally protected wildlife such as gray wolves and golden eagles is a Class C Felony under Oregon law, punishable by a fine of up to $125,000 and up to five years in prison.

Anyone with information about the poisonings is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888. The reward, which is also supported by the Oregon Wildlife Coalition, aims to lead to an arrest, criminal conviction, or civil penalty assessment for those responsible for these illegal acts. The authorities have removed the source of the poison and continue to monitor the situation closely.


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