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Posted: Friday, May 31st, 2013

Man cited for shooting osprey

A Siletz man was cited by an Oregon State Police fish and wildlife officer for allegedly shooting an osprey on the Alsea River.

At around 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24, the OSP officer was dispatched to a location east of Tidewater off of Highway 34. The officer found a group of people camping on the south side of the river, and an investigation indicated that one of these individuals had shot at an osprey flying overhead. The osprey fell to the ground. A person who witnessed the incident from across the river called authorities to report it.

When confronted by the OSP officer, Jeffrey Druba, 25, of Siletz, reportedly admitted to firing a friendís 12-gauge shotgun at the bird. The officer located the bird at the waterís edge and discovered it was injured, but alive. The osprey was transported to the OSP Newport Patrol Office and was later taken by OSP volunteers to the raptor rehabilitation facility in Astoria.

Druba was cited and released for the crime of attempting to take protected wildlife. The shotgun was seized as evidence.

For the complete article see the 05-31-2013 issue.

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