KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. -- Press release from Oregon State Police:
An eight-month investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in southern Oregon related to illegal bear hunting led to the arrest of a Klamath Falls man on multiple charges.
On April 22, 2012, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers arrested Trevor Harris, age 30, from Klamath Falls, as he hunted from a tree stand over baited barrels while bear hunting near Keno.
During the fall of 2011, OSP troopers started an investigation following the discovery of an illegal bear bait station.
Through the use of surveillance and anonymous informants, Harris was identified as a suspect allegedly using dead cows, salmon, steelhead, and trout to bait the area to attract bears.
Harris was lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:
* Hunting Bear with Bait
* Waste of Game Fish
* Placing Offensive Substances on Property
* Hunting Prohibited Method
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended
The majority of the offenses are misdemeanors. Also, if convicted for baiting bears, a person may lose their right to apply for a hunting license for 5 years on the first offense and for life on the second offense.
OSP Senior Trooper Ryan Niehus is the lead investigator.