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Thu May 17, 2018, 07:08 AM

'A demented social club': Poachers slaughtered hundreds of animals in Pacific Northwest for 'the thr

Source: Washington Post

A demented social club’: Poachers slaughtered hundreds of animals in Pacific Northwest for ‘the thrill,’ police say

It started when state officials wanted answers about the headless deer turning up in the Oregon wilderness east of Mount Hood.

“Nearly every year, it seems we have deer showing up minus their heads at the end of seasons,” Craig Gunderson, a senior trooper with the Oregon State Patrol, recently explained to the Seattle Times. Authorities believed the mutilated animals might be the work of poachers, so in November 2016 they fixed motion-triggered cameras in the national forest near The Dalles, Ore., smack on the Washington state line.

The footage troopers caught would prove to be the first clue to uncovering what officials now say was a loosely-linked poaching ring responsible for the illegal brutal slaughter of hundreds of animals in Washington and Oregon. The sheer size of the animal body count involved has shocked wildlife officials, in part because of the wantonness driving the rampant killing.

“It was kind of a demented social club,” an Oregon official told the Times.

“I consider it a killing spree,” a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife chief told Fox 12. “I’m completely disgusted.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/05/17/a-demented-social-club-poachers-slaughtered-hundreds-of-animals-in-pacific-northwest-for-the-thrill-police-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bdbc4a25c4c9

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Reply 'A demented social club': Poachers slaughtered hundreds of animals in Pacific Northwest for 'the thr (Original post)
Calista241 Thursday OP
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2naSalit Thursday #6
Submariner Thursday #4
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Archae Thursday #15
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Archae Friday #23
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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 07:19 AM

1. Sometimes, ya just can't help to be proud to be human, ain't it?


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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 07:26 AM

2. Diagnosis: Deplorable Dirty-Donny* Dotard Derangement Syndrome (DDDDDS)

* aka republican Draft-Dodger-in-Chief

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 07:31 AM

3. Anyone seen Don, Jr and Eric lately?

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #3)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:15 AM

5. +1

 

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #3)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:47 AM

6. Well, somewhere on DU just now

I saw that jr is gonna go to the rocketmen summit, maybe beavis will tag along.

I asked the same question yesterday.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 07:45 AM

4. Drop these MF'ers in the middle of Kodiak Island without guns

Smear their clothing with the maggot infested remains of those Elk heads and then drop them off by helicopter in the middle of grizzly bear country with nothing more than a Swiss Army knife.

They deserve nothing better.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #4)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:52 AM

7. And that's

Letting them off lightly. There has to be harsher consequences for this sort of behavior.

These are probably the same individuals who whine about predators who eat those animals.

And on second thought, maybe these are militiamen types using the wildlife to satiate their desire to harm.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #7)

Fri May 18, 2018, 01:30 AM

21. You guessed it

People have been screaming about how there are "no animals to hunt" since the wolves were reintroduced to Idaho.

Well...a big part of the lack of game is the legalization of hunting from ATVs. Before I went off to the Army you DID NOT hunt from motorized vehicles in the state of Idaho. You had to park outside the hunting ground, walk in, do your hunting, and pack your game out of the forest. Now you can shoot at animals from atop your ATV, and harvest numbers are significantly down...which, of course, has nothing to do with the ungulates hearing a sudden increase in ATV activity in the woods and leaving until hunting season ends.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #4)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:12 AM

9. Exactly! But without the Swiss Army knives.

They are cruel, soulless, sadistic psychopaths.

If they can do this to animals, they have no compassion for any living creature or person.



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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:03 AM

8. this is what happens when sociopaths get together. nt

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:20 AM

10. Trump voters...

All of them motherfuckers

Evil to the core.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:36 AM

11. Fucking sickening.

Putrid disregard for life. If they prosecute anyone they should serve serious jail time.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:39 AM

12. Serial killers. Great Humans suck sometimes

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 09:42 AM

13. Sick bastards.

Utterly worthless excuses for human beings. Just like Don Jr. & Eric.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 12:20 PM

14. Maybe someone will send me another one of those emails...

...describing NRA members and hunters as "true sportsmen". Who hunt to "preserve" that precious balance with nature.

All of them members of our "well-regulated militia", of course.

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Response to Grins (Reply #14)

Thu May 17, 2018, 12:44 PM

15. These are poachers. *NOT* hunters.

Quit lumping these assholes in with those who actually do play by "da rulz."

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Response to Archae (Reply #15)

Thu May 17, 2018, 04:40 PM

20. These are hunters who poached.

Don't play No True Scotsman on this one. Just own it.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 01:54 PM

16. Had this discussion a few days ago about Kenya....

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 02:15 PM

17. This is how we know the Empire will never fall.

Hand me that fiddle.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 03:39 PM

18. i hope they run fingerprints and DNA against unsolved crimes

this type of brutality may have other outlets

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 04:37 PM

19. I posted about this last year when it 1st broke. Crickets.

The dumb fucks still had their Facebook profiles up when the story appeared in the papers up here. Maybe they still do.

I bet they walk away from this with their gun rights intact. Hell, forest companies will probably hire them to kill bears in the spring.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #19)

Fri May 18, 2018, 04:41 AM

22. Why would forest companies want bears killed?

 

Elk, moose and other herbivores who eat a lot of plants, yes. But bears (and wolves) are free help for the business.

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Response to Dalida (Reply #22)

Fri May 18, 2018, 05:09 AM

23. The anti-hunting activists are using these poachers as "examples of hunters."

"Cuz all hunting iz BAD!"

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Response to Archae (Reply #23)

Fri May 18, 2018, 12:45 PM

25. they're an example of bad hunters, no?

can you link me to what these activists are saying?

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Response to Dalida (Reply #22)

Fri May 18, 2018, 12:43 PM

24. Bears that come out of hibernation strip bark off trees to get at the sap

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they're starving, it's one of the quickest calorie sources they can get to.

but, as this occurs on private forest land, those trees are crops. the bears are killed because they damage crops. the state allows it, and hunters are contracted to kill the bears.

a decade or so ago, a paid hunter had his arm chewed off by a bear on the Olympic peninsula.

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