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Two Blodgett brothers sentenced to jail and fines after poaching Elk


Mitchell Prindel, left
Tony Prindel, right

Info provided by Oregon State Police

Two Blodgett, Oregon brothers arrested February 2012 related to two elk poaching incidents in Lincoln County have been sentenced in Lincoln County Circuit Court. The arrest stems from an investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers with the assistance of Benton County Sheriff’s Office. A reward totally $3,000 was paid to an anonymous person who provided critical information helping lead to an arrest and conviction.

MITCHELL PAUL PRINDEL, age 23, and TONY McLAIN PRINDEL, age 24, both from Blodgett, were arrested February 3, 2012. The first case started November 3, 2011 after a hunter found the remains of a 5-point bull elk on Starker Forest Stutz Tree Farm in the Burnt Woods area. Two days later a dead cow elk was found in the same area. The cow elk was covered with brush and a large portion left to waste. OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers determined both poaching incidents were related.

Senior Trooper Doug Canfield and Senior Trooper Ryan Kehr, with the assistance of Benton County Forest Deputy Brent Iverson, identified the two brothers as suspects. The two men subsequently pled guilty and were sentenced May 21, 2012 on the following charges:

MITCHELL PRINDEL pled guilty to Unlawful Take of Elk to wit: Closed Season (2 counts) and Waste of a Game Mammal (2 counts). He was sentenced to:

* $2,458 fine
* $6,000 restitution (jointly with other defendant)
* 3 year hunting license suspension
* 5 years probation
* 135 days in jail

TONY PRINDEL pled guilty to Aiding in a Wildlife Offense to wit: Unlawful Take of Elk (2 counts) and one count of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. He was sentenced to:

* $2,212 fine
* $6,000 restitution (jointly with other defendant)
* 3 year hunting license suspension
* 5 years probation
* 120 days in jail

The reward was comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunter’s Association and $2,500 from The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

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