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Poacher Sentenced To Jail During Elk Season

(Pendleton, OR) -- Elk season is now jail season for a convicted poacher in Pendleton. Twenty-eight-year-old Walker Erickson was arrested in 2021 for poaching deer and elk. In many cases he left the animals to waste, but also kept a freezer of meat. A new law in Oregon changes poaching from a misdemeanor to a felony, allowing jail time and heavy fines. Erickson must pay 75-thousand dollars in fines. The gun and bow he used were seized. The freezer of meat was donated to a raptor rehabilitation program. And Erickson must serve two weeks in jail during elk season for the next three years.

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