The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Police, hunters and conservationists are teaming up to stop poachers in the state.
KGW8: PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon has a poaching problem. Data provided by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division show more than 110,000 animals were illegally harvested between 2012 and 2020.
The vast majority were from the ocean, like pink shrimp, clams and crabs. Thousands of fish and other sea life were also illegally harvested, along with hundreds of mammals such as deer and elk. Then there are raptors and other birds like turkey and quail. OSP also tracks animals in other ways like non-protected wildlife, non-game migratory, all other game bird and threatened/endangered. When all of it is added up, 110,890 animals were illegally killed during the eight-year stretch between 2012 and 2020.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to bring the public on board with some of the issues that our fish and wildlife are facing at the hands of people who, frankly, disregard laws that protect our natural resources,” said Yvonne Shaw, a public affairs specialist and the coordinator of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Stop Poaching Campaign. “The message I would like people to hear is we have had a lot of poaching, it’s just that we haven’t been good at telling the story.” MORE