PENDLETON — A Pendleton man was arrested Saturday on multiple misdemeanor poaching charges, including illegally taking four deer and two elk in Umatilla County.
Joseph Reide St. Pierre, 18, was the subject of a months-long investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Pendleton, according to a press release from the agency. OSP was first alerted to possible illegal hunting by St. Pierre in September 2017.
St. Pierre was booked into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, and arraigned Monday on counts relating to animals killed, illegal hunting practices and trespassing. The animals, killed as far back as the fall of 2016, include a large mule deer buck, three large whitetail bucks and two antlerless elk, according to the release.
Below are the charges he faces and the number of counts of each:
• Unlawful take of buck deer, closed season (4)
• Unlawful take of antlerless elk (2)
• Unlawful waste of game animal (2)
• Hunting on the cultivated lands of another (3)
• Unlawful discharge of a firearm across a public way (2)
• Hunting prohibited method: Shotgun with shot restrictions
• Exceeding annual elk bag limit
• Second degree criminal trespass
• Criminal trespass while in possession of a firearm
• Unlawful discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle
• Hunting with the assistance of artificial light
• Aiding another in committing wildlife violation, unlawful take of a buck deer (2)
Anyone with more information that could help the investigation can call 1-800-452-7888 or talk to troopers Tom Juzeler or Ryan Sharp at 541-278-4090.
The Oregon Hunters Association offers financial rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to arrests or citations of poachers.