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March 14, 2018

Oregon State Police News Release (03/12/18)

Elgin Case Gets Guility Plea to Unlawful Taking of Wildlife

March 1, 2018 PRESS RELEASE (This release is being sent on behalf of the Union County District Attorney's Office. Any questions should be directed to their office.)

David Sanders Jr., 58, appeared before Judge Thomas Powers in Union County Circuit Court on February 26, 2018 and plead guilty to one count of Unlawful Taking of Wildlife--Unbranded Traps (ORS 498.002, A Misdemeanor). The State dismissed one count of Unlawful Taking of Wildlife--Special Status Game Mammal in exchange for Sanders' guilty plea and agreed upon sentence. 

Judge Powers sentenced Sanders to the agreed upon negotiation between the parties of 24 months of bench probation, 100 hours of community service, a hunting/trapping license suspension of 36 months and a $7,500 fine. [ODFW note: Sanders also forfeited the firearm and all trapping related items seized during the investigation and was sentenced to a $1,000 fine in addition to the $7,500 paid in restitution to ODFW.]

The charges stemmed from an incident in which an Oregon State Police trooper discovered a trapping site off of Highway 204, west of Elgin on December 10, 2017. This location is on US Forest Service land in the Umatilla National Forest. The trooper observed and identified Sanders as the individual who had set the traps. The trooper then returned to that location on December 18, 2017 where he discovered that a deceased wolf appeared to have been shot a short distance from the unbranded traps. When officers confronted Sanders, he admitted that he had in fact shot the wolf after he had discovered the animal in his trap. Evidence collected from this incident included the firearm used to shoot the wolf and a photograph of the wolf in the trap before it was killed. Sanders was emphatic that he was attempting to trap bobcats only, not wolves. Sanders cooperated with the investigation when confronted by law enforcement. (More info)

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