Poaching Trophy Elk Costly for Father and Son
Jorey Peterson, 25, and his father Michael Peterson, 47, shot a 10 by 7 bull elk using a rifle on the last day of bow hunting season in the Walla Walla Unit (Oregon). Now they will be paying $15,000 jointly, spending 180 days in jail, three years bench probation, three year hunting privileges revoked, and loss of all seized property in the case. Both father and son pleaded guilty to the charges; theft first degree, waste of wildlife and illegal take of wildlife in Umatilla County Circuit Court. The $15,000 is for restitution that will be paid to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, from The Statesman Journal.
In 2009, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill enhancing civil damages for the unlawful taking or killing of wildlife including a $15,000 fine for any elk with at least six points on one antler.