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Bend couple pleads guilty in massive illegal elk and buffalo kill in eastern Oregon

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Bend couple pleads guilty in massive illegal elk and buffalo kill in eastern Oregon

30 days in jail, $66,000 in fines, loss of personal property, lifetime suspension from hunting. Is that enough?

Following one of Oregon’s most extensive wildlife poaching investigations, a Wheeler County judge has sentenced a Bend man to 30 days in jail and ordered him to pay $66,050 in fines for guiding illegal hunting expeditions.

Alan Roy Aronson, 43, recently pleaded guilty to taking people on illegal hunts for elk and buffalo on another person’s ranch without the owner’s consent, according to the Wheeler County District Attorney’s Office.

In October 2012, an Oregon State Police fish and wildlife trooper received an anonymous tip about illegal guiding and hunting activities in Wheeler County.

As the investigation progressed, the trooper identified Aronson as the primary suspect. However, in the end, investigators arrested 23 people on more than 200 counts of illegal hunting.

Aronson is among 10 who have pleaded guilty or no contest in the case so far.

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