Four mid-valley residents have been charged in connection with the alleged poaching of several trophy class mule deer bucks in south central Oregon.
Last week the LaPine office of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division completed an investigation that led to the arrest of Scott Allan Harris, 55, of Albany, Jacen Todd Fulfer, 19, of Lebanon, and G.W. Fulfer, 40, and his wife Samantha German-Fulfer, 27, of Salem.
OSP officials said the investigation began when a trooper found a trophy class buck deer that had been shot near Cabin Lake Road in Lake County. The trooper was assisted by OSP Fish and Wildlife aircraft working winter range patrol.
Information led to a search warrant being executed on Jan. 31 at the Fulfer residence in Salem.
Evidence at the residence, along with additional information, led Fish and Wildlife troopers to the Harris home in Albany, where troopers found additional evidence, including several trophy-class antlers.
Fulfer, 19, was contacted at his residence in Lebanon, while officers conducted their investigations in Salem and Albany.
The investigation produced evidence that both Samantha German-Fulfer and her husband, G.W. Fulfer, committed wildlife crimes in Lake, Jefferson, Benton, Linn, and Marion counties.
In addition to the deer suspected to have been poached by the Fulfers in 2017, evidence at the residence suggested that a wild turkey and pheasant were also harvested illegally. The suspects also were cited in the other counties for felon in possession of a firearm and various wildlife crimes.
Oregon State Police ofticials encourage anyone with information about poaching activities to contact either the TIP hotline at 800-452-7888, *OSP (*677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.
The TIP email at TIP@state.or.us is monitored Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person or persons for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.
TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.
Rewards include: $1,000 bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose; $500 elk, deer and antelope; $300 bear, cougar and wolf; $300 habitat destruction; $100 game fish and shellfish; $100 upland birds and waterfowl; and $100 furbearers.