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On April 8, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers served search warrants relating to an extensive investigation into multiple wildlife crimes. The subject of the investigation is William Hollings, 34, of Philomath.

Evidence was seized relating to the following crimes:

• Felon in Possession of Firearm

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Buck Deer

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Bull Elk

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Black Bear

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Cougar

• Lend/Borrow or Sell Big Game Tag

• Hunt Closed Season

• Hunt No Big Game Tag

• Fail to Properly Check in Cougar to ODFW

Fish and Wildlife Troopers located evidence of additional wildlife related crimes and three additional suspects.

On April 25, Fish and Wildlife troopers served several more search warrants relating to these wildlife crimes.

These warrants involved: Nicholas Lisenby, 39, from Lebanon; Amanda Hughes, 37, from Lebanon; and Eric Hamilton, 33, from Alsea.

Evidence was seized relating to the following wildlife crimes:

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Buck Deer

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Bull Elk

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Black Bear

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Cougar

• Unlawful Take/Possession of Bobcat

• Lend/Borrow or Sell Big Game Tag

• Hunt Closed Season

• Hunt No Big Game Tag

Based on evidence seized or processed, troopers believe the three males participated in the unlawful take/possession of 27 big game animals within the last two years, with evidence indicating many of the animals were killed during closed season or prohibited hours.

Values attributed to Oregon’s wildlife by Oregon Revised Statute 496.075 could total $162,700.00 in restitution to the State of Oregon.

The listed crimes occurred throughout the following counties: Benton, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Polk and Tillamook, and charges have been forwarded for consideration of prosecution.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s)

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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