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Oregon State Police arrest two, searching for another in elk poaching

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The Oregon State Police have arrested two people and are seeking a third in an investigation into the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Union County.

OSP Fish and Wildlife officers were notified on November 16 of two dead bull elk being found off a road near Elgin that had been shot and left to waste.

Tips from the community helped the state police identify three suspects from Elgin, 26-year-old Nathan Crouch, 22-year-old Dylan Crouch and 18-year-old Brianna Black, in the incident.

Black and Dylan Crouch were both found and charged with three misdemeanor charges of aiding in a game violation.

The whereabouts of Nathan Crouch are unknown by police at this time, but he believed to have fled the state. He faces misdemeanor charges including two counts of unlawful taking of a bull elk, casting a light within 500 feet of a vehicle, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, hunting prohibited hours, two counts for waste of a game animal, hunting on the enclosed lands of another and hunting prohibited area-public roadway.

While investigating the poaching, it was discovered that Nathan Crouch had unlawfully taken a bull elk a few years before the more recent incident. State troopers located and seized the antlers, and though he cannot be charged with an illegal kill due to the statute of limitations, Crouch will face charges for possessing the antlers.

Anyone with any further information on this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell at 1-800-452-7888 or at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us.

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