BAKER CITY - The reward is up to $5,600 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in last December's bighorn sheep killing in Baker County.
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is continuing its investigation in the case, which involved the illegal killing and waste of a bighorn ram. The headless carcass was found on Conner Creek Road about a quarter-mile from Snake River Road, between Huntington and Richland near the Brownlee Reservoir.
The reward earlier was set at $3,000 but several organizations stepped up to increase it.
Police believe the ram was killed on about Dec. 22.
Bighorn sheep hunting is lawful in the Lookout Mountain Unit with the proper tag; however, the season for bighorn sheep closed in that area on Sept. 25. Only two bighorn sheep tags are issued in this unit each year.
The reward increase was made possible through contributions from the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) TIP program; Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Bend, Ochoco, Josephine, Redmond, Baker and Union chapters of the OHA.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Kris Davis at (541) 805-4757.