Oregon man charged with poaching 25 elk
What happens when a poacher doesn’t get caught the first time? He does it again. And again. And again. Oregon State Police cracked an elk poaching case on April 8 after finding 25 elk carcasses on Larry Harshfield’s property. The 69-year-old man was immediately arrested and is currently awaiting trial from the Wallowa County Correctional Facility in Oregon.
News reports didn’t say what prompted police to investigate Harshfield’s property. Regardless, armed with a search warrant, police officers discovered 12 elk carcasses on Harshfield’s property and 13 more on an adjoining property. According to KOIN6, the carcasses were in “various states of decay” and it was apparent to investigators that Harshfield made no attempts at salvaging the meat in any way.
Harshfield was promptly arrested and faces 12 counts of unlawfully taking elk in a closed season as well as 12 counts of wasting an elk, KOIN6 reports; however, he could actually face more charges because of the 13 elk found on the adjoining property. It’s expected that Harshfield will pay hefty fines and restitution for the poached animals as well as lose his hunting and trapping privileges.
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