Ocean Shores Police caught up with a couple of suspected deer poachers last month. Police Chief Mike Styner tells us that in the early morning of February 22nd, a resident in the 300 block of Lake Bay Loop SE reported hearing gunshots and seeing a vehicle driving back and forth in the area. He called 911, and an officer was on scene within two minutes.
The officer stopped the suspicious car, and the occupants, a 21-year-old and a 20-year-old both from Olympia, claimed that they were having fun by chasing a deer and shooting it with a pellet gun. Both occupants had dried blood and deer hair on their clothing, and deer hair was caught in the trunk lid. They gave inconsistent stories to explain their condition. The suspects refused to let the officers look in the trunk.
Based on probable cause to believe that the suspects had killed a deer, the vehicle was seized. Later in the day, a search warrant was obtained to search the car. In the trunk was a dead doe with the head removed. A powerful air rifle and a hunting knife were also recovered.
It appears that the doe was killed somewhere else in Ocean Shores, and the suspects were in the process of trying to kill another deer when they were caught.
Ocean Shores PD has turned the investigation over to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. DFW officers are investigating the incident, and felony charges are likely to be filed against the suspects.