LEBANON — A hunter had a deer carcass stolen from him last week, when he left to retrieve a cart so he could easily wheel the animal out of the woods.
“It had probably been an hour before he got back to it,” said Oregon State Police Trooper Kirk Burkholder.
The incident happened Nov. 2 on private property in the Berlin Road and Upper Berlin Drive area.
Burkholder said that in his five years in law enforcement, he’s never investigated a case like this.
The deer had been gutted, tagged and hidden under a tree by the hunter, Burkholder said. The hunter then hiked about two miles back to his truck to retrieve the homemade deer cart.
“Somebody probably heard him shoot and came looking,” Burkholder said.
A reward of up to $250 in this case is being offered through the Oregon Hunter’s Association’s Turn-In-Poachers program.
Those with information about the case should call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or Burkholder at 541-974-7114.