Illegal hunting activity put in spotlight by `bears in the air'.Byline: INSIDE THE OUTDOORS By Mike Stahlberg The Register-Guard
Some poachers hunt bear, and some "bears" hunt poachers.
The term "bear in the air" is a slang phrase that refers to airborne police patrolling for speeders.
It turns out airborne bears are also very good at nabbing illegal night hunters - as several local residents recently discovered.
From vantage points in a light plane flying over a forest, Oregon State Police game law enforcement officers can see someone working a spotlight in the otherwise dark woods from 20 miles away.
It's a simple matter for the pilot to radio directions to the suspect vehicle to a trooper on the ground.
"We've probably caught about 20 spotlighters in this region since the first of September," said OSP (Online Service Provider) See online service.
OSP - Optical Signal Processor Lt. Steve Lane of Wilsonville, who oversees game law enforcement in 13 northwest Oregon counties Oregon County may refer to:
"Spotlighting" is an illegal, but highly effective, method of hunting at night.
Deer that would flee when a vehicle approaches during daylight usually freeze in their tracks when illuminated il·lu·mi·nate
v. il·lu·mi·nat·ed, il·lu·mi·nat·ing, il·lu·mi·nates
1. To provide or brighten with light.
2. To decorate or hang with lights.
3. by the bright beam of a spotlight. They make easy targets.
The 1989 Oregon Legislature passed a law making it illegal to "cast an artificial light from a vehicle while armed."
That eased the burden of proof for game wardens, who previously had to observe a poacher's light actually illuminate an animal in order to cite him.
Only one aircraft is assigned to catching speeders. But OSP game officers have four planes available to help them - one each in Medford, Salem, Bend and Baker City. Those aircraft are used primarily for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is an agency of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon responsible for programs protecting Oregon fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. telemetry telemetry
Highly automated communications process by which data are collected from instruments located at remote or inaccessible points and transmitted to receiving equipment for measurement, monitoring, display, and recording. research and big game census work, Lane said.
"But when the fall seasons come around, they're used a lot for nighttime enforcement flights," he said. "Night hunting has always been a big issue with us ... the poacher out there trying to make an easy kill."
Four of the recent local spotlighting "busts" came within a one-week period, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Sgt. Tom Hulett, who oversees game law enforcement in eastern Lane County.
On Oct. 25, air support helped trooper Marshall Maher The of this article or section may be compromised by "peacock terms".
You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. make two different spotlighting stops in the Oakridge area.
About 2 a.m. near the Shady Beach Burn, Hulett said, Maher ticketed Bruce Abono, 55, of Eugene, for "casting an artificial light from a motor vehicle while armed." That offense carries a fine of up to $250.
A half hour later, Hulett said, the pilot directed Maher to the Tire Mountain area, where Isreal Southerland, 27, of Oakridge was cited for "hunting with the aid of an artificial light." That charge carries a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine, up to a year in jail, loss of hunting rights for two years and forfeiture The involuntary relinquishment of money or property without compensation as a consequence of a breach or nonperformance of some legal obligation or the commission of a crime. The loss of a corporate charter or franchise as a result of illegality, malfeasance, or Nonfeasance. of the lights and rifles used.
Hulett said the fact that "one of the rifles in the vehicle had a flashlight taped to it" led to the more serious "hunting" charge, which requires the state to demonstrate the accused intended to kill an animal.
A companion of Southerland's, Jeffrey Reed, 36, of Oakridge, was cited for "aiding in a game violation."
On Nov. 1, the plane led troopers Troopers in the United States civilian police forces usually refer to members of state highway patrols, state patrols, or state police agenciess. to three stops of vehicles spotlighting in the McKenzie River For rivers name "Mackenzie", see .
The McKenzie River is a tributary of the Willamette River, 86 miles (138 km) long, in northwestern Oregon in the United States. It drains part of the Cascade Range east of Eugene into the southernmost end of the Willamette Valley. basin.
Hulett issued "casting artificial light" tickets to Shane Donoho, 29, and Rory Donoho, 52, both of Springfield, after the pilot directed him to their vehicle in the Gate Creek area.
And senior trooper Kyle Elmenhurst gave `casting' tickets to three men accused of spotlighting on Weyerhaeuser's Wendling Tree Farm. Cited were Eduardo Reyes Castro, 23, and Jose David Torres, 30, both of Eugene, and Gaspar Navarrete Cervantes, 24, of Springfield.
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Obviously, however, bears make good hunters.
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