PENDLETON – Five people face wildlife-related charges in an investigation that led to the discovery of the head of a freshly killed mule deer in a vehicle about nine miles southwest of Pendleton.
About 6 p.m. Sunday, an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife trooper came across Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of Speare Canyon Road and Mud Springs Road, near the Umatilla River. The driver’s door was ajar and the trooper noted an empty gun case and ammunition inside the vehicle.
About 2-1/2 hours later, another Jeep Cherokee arrived at the intersection with five occupants inside.
Subsequent investigation led the trooper to seize the deer head and a rifle.
Vance Tyler Wright, 23, of Canyon City, was cited for unlawful take/possession of game mammal in a closed season; unlawful take/possession of a buck deer; waste of a game mammal.
Cited for unlawful take/possession of a buck deer were Pendleton residents Kennan Aden Write, 21; Brandon Michael McConnell, 20; Forest Hunter Johnson, 19; and Whitney Ann Anderson 19.