Man charged in mountain goat killing

Written by Bill Rautenstrauch, The Observer October 29, 2012 02:07 pm

This mountain goat, which often appeared in the Perry area west of La Grande, is the one that is believed to have been shot illegally in August of 2010.
This mountain goat, which often appeared in the Perry area west of La Grande, is the one that is believed to have been shot illegally in August of 2010.

La Grande man allegedly used a shotgun in August 2010 to kill goat that had been seen regularly for years in the Perry area 

A 22-year-old La Grande man was arraigned last week in Union County Circuit Court on charges that he illegally killed a mountain goat in the Crystal Spring area near the top of Mt. Emily in Union County.

The man, Tyler Alexander Little, faces charges of hunting game outside an authorized season, waste of game carcass or parts, unlawful removal of wildlife parts and failure to report taking wildlife causing damages.

An affidavit filed by Union County District Attorney Tim Thompson said that Little used a shotgun in August 2010 to kill the goat, which had been regularly observed in the Mount Emily and Perry area for two years before that.

Thompson said Oregon State Police received a tip in November 2010 that Little had killed the goat while on a camping trip with friends. The case has been under investigation since then.

Little 

The affidavit said that Little, who had not had an Oregon hunting license since 2005, initially denied any involvement in the killing of the goat, but later said he shot and wounded the goat in self-defense.

According to Little’s story, the goat ran away after being shot twice. Little told the OSP he did not report the incident because he did not want to get into trouble.

Little denied taking horns from the goat, though another report said that Little and another person along on the camping trip did take the horns.

A mountain goat tag is needed by an Oregon resident hunter to hunt mountain goats. All mountain goat hunts are controlled hunts, with a limited number of tags awarded through a public drawing. A valid adult hunting license is also required.

Thompson’s affidavit said that Little did not possess a hunting license for a mountain goat, that there was no season open for the hunting or taking of a mountain goat, that Little was not authorized to remove any part of the goat, and that even if threatened by the goat, Little was not authorized to shoot it.