An Oregon man is accused of intentionally running down six pronghorn antelope near Christmas Valley. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 48-year-old Michael Scott Phillips is identified as the “poacher” who used his vehicle as a weapon to kill the animals.
Oregon State wildlife troopers found one dead buck and five dead does. “One doe was eviscerated with a knife — her unborn fawn removed and placed on its mother’s carcass,” ODFW said. “May is fawning season for antelope in Oregon. Any pregnant does would have given birth within a month had they not been killed.”
After being arrested, Phillips told officials that he killed the antelope because he “hates” them. “Phillips admitted that he accelerated to more than 60 mph to hit the antelope, and confirmed they were bunched together in the road,” ODFW said. “There was no evidence that he slowed down or tried to stop before striking the animals.”
Phillips was arrested on multiple felony charges, including aggravated animal abuse, unlawful take and possession of antelope, and waste of a game mammal. The accused poachers was booked into the Lake County Jail.
(Stock image of antelope via Pixabay free images)
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