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Police: Two men arrested for deer poaching in Bend

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(Courtesy: Oregon State Police) (Courtesy: Oregon State Police)
BEND, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Trooper arrested two men after responding to a poaching incident in Bend over the weekend.

OSP said on December 11 at 7:45 a.m., a homeowner near Bowery Lane called police after hearing a gunshot and seeing bloody deer tracks in the snow.

The trooper arrived to the area and saw deer tracks leaving a blood trail and two sets of human boot prints following the deer in the snow.

The trooper followed the tracks for about 1.5 miles through private and public lands. At 9:15 a.m., the trooper came upon the suspects and saw the men dragging a deer through the forest.

OSP said the men admitted to taking the deer even though no deer seasons are active at this time, and also admitted to trespassing on multiple private properties without consent of the owners.

According to OSP, the deer was killed with a bow and arrow. The reported gunshot was unrelated to this incident.

The two suspects, William Chapman-Prescott, 29, and Joshua J. Gibb, 27, were arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. They are being charged with unlawful take of buck deer, unlawful possession of game mammal, aiding/counseling in a wildlife violation, and nine counts each of criminal trespass in the second degree.

Criminal trespass in the second degree is a class "C" misdemeanor. All other charges in this case are classified as class "A" misdemeanors.

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