By Karen McCowan
NOTI, Oregon - Call it the case of the telltale carcass.
Two Elmira men face poaching charges after they allegedly shot a doe they spotted while driving along a logging road, then accidently rolled their vehicle down the embankment and atop the dead animal.
Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper Marc Boyd responded to a report of the non-injury crash Wednesday along IP Deeded Road near Nelson Mountain. When Boyd climbed down the embankment to inspect the damaged Toyota pickup truck, he saw a crushed deer partially sticking out from beneath it. After the pickup was towed back up to the road, Boyd inspected the deer and saw it had been shot.
According to an OSP statement released Tuesday, after shooting at the animal, the two men saw the wounded deer disappear down the steep embankment. The driver then allegedly backed the pickup to the edge of the road and the pair went down the bank to try to retrieve their kill, the statement said.