SALEM, Ore. – Several men are facing charges after authorities say they poached at least 27 big game animals over the past two years in Western Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said a concerned citizen alerted authorities, and restitution could top $162,000.
Troopers cited William Hollings, 34, of Philomath; Nicholas Lisenby, 39, of Lebanon; and Eric Hamilton, 33, of Alsea. Amanda Hughes, 37, of Lebanon was also charged.
ODFW said the crimes took place in Benton, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Polk and Tillamook counties.
“We had an anonymous member of the public lodge the original complaint,” Senior Trooper Jim Andrews said. “He did an awesome job. He’s the reason we got this case going and he’s going to get some hunting preference points.”
An initial search warrant was served at Hollings’ home on April 8 and led troopers to serving warrants for related suspects on April 25.
Troopers said they found evidence indicating numerous wildlife crimes, including buck deer, bull elk, black bear, bobcat and cougar.
Charges include felon in possession of a firearm, illegal transfer of a tag, hunting during a closed season and hunting without big game tags.