Generations of Poaching
Poaching has been a way of life for generations in this Oregon family. Shane Donoho learned from his father, who learned from his father and so on about poaching. Even while Rory was being served with a search warrant, a young grandchild offered to teach the police officers how to hunt deer.
"He said, 'You've got to hold your spotlight in your left hand and kind of rest your rifle on top of it,'" Hall recounted. The prosecutor said he asked the boy why he needed a spotlight to hunt deer, and the child replied: "Because it's dark outside, and they'll stop and look at you." Hunting after dark is illegal.
Shane Donoho and his father, Rory accepted a plea deal Tuesday. Shane and his father under the plea deal will be spending the next four deer seasons behind bars. They must come in October 1, the beginning of deer season, and remain 90 days, for the next four years. The two lost all hunting privileges for the rest of their lives.
The generations of poaching are responsible for depleting deer populations in certain wildlife areas. Shane admitted to killing over 300 deer in the past 5 years, each season a hunter is allowed one in Oregon. The Donohos would use other people's tags, so if they were caught poaching they would seem legit. They plead guilty to charges of racketeering, identity theft and poaching. They also forfeited 19 rifles, and 1,600 pounds of frozen meat. The meat will be donated to zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers. From The Associated Press.