Two Blodgett brothers have been arrested in connection with the discovery of two elk that were killed and left to waste where they were shot. Troopers were led to a spot in the Burnt Woods area where a hunter found the remains of a Bull Elk that was killed and left for waste the previous evening. Two days later, troopers say a dead cow elk was found in the same area. The cow elk was covered with brush and a large portion was left to waste. Fish and Wildlife agents determined that both poaching incidents were directly related.
Oregon State Police Troopers, with the assistance of a Benton County Forest Deputy identified Mitchell and Tony Prindel as suspects. Both were taken into custody and lodged in the Lincoln County jail in Newport. Michell Prindel was charged with hunting out of season, waste of a game mammal, illegally taking game parts, tampering with evidence, criminal trespass with a firearm, criminal trespass and illegally hunting elk. Tony Prindel was charged with aiding in a wildlife offense, criminal trespass, waste of a game animal, tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy. Mitchell Prindel remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail.