The Culver man who boasted on his social media accounts about poaching a bobcat and other wildlife was sentenced to two years probation, banned from hunting and trapping for three years and ordered to pay a $1,400 fine to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Thomas Ray Campbell, 27, was sentenced to three days in jail with credit for time served.
Campbell pleaded guilty Thursday in Jefferson County Circuit Court to two wildlife violations for trapping a bobcat in December without a valid state license, and illegally using unmarked traps in May.
Nine other alleged wildlife violations — poaching bobcats, raccoons and skunks on various occasions between December and May — were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
After a year-long investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division, Campbell was cited July 18 for the 11 misdemeanor wildlife violations.
In late December, Campbell uploaded to his Instagram and Facebook accounts a picture of himself holding a dead bobcat, according to court documents. Campbell appears in the photo holding the bobcat in his right hand and his cell phone in his left hand.
Court documents show Campbell posted another picture to Instagram on Jan. 1 of a stealth wildlife camera and commented, “New toy today. Only need 19 more of them though. Here kitty kitty.” His comment included the hashtags #gamecamera, #trapping, #coyote, #bobcats, #cougar.
The hashtags led investigators to believe Campbell was using a wildlife camera to attempt to trap bobcats, coyotes and cougars, according to the court documents.
At the time, Campbell did not have a fur-taking license or a bobcat record card, which are required to set traps and snares for bobcats and coyotes, court documents show.
On May 8, a state trooper with the fish and wildlife division searched Campbell’s home in Culver. The trooper found 24 pieces of evidence, including raccoon traps, bait and lures and stealth wildlife cameras.
As part of Campbell’s sentence, he was ordered to forfeit his trapping equipment.
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