Two men detained for deer poaching

MABTON – Two adult males were stopped near Mabton on New Year’s Day after Mabton police learned they might be transporting poached deer across county lines.

Mabton police were called by the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office to aid in an investigation into the sighting of a pick-up load of deer on Glade Road, south of Mabton.

Officers stopped a white-colored pick-up truck, in which the men were riding, at the intersection of State Route 22 and State Route 241. The vehicle contained three out-of-season does, according to a Mabton police report.

The men, who are thought to be enrolled Yakama Tribal members, were detained after it was determined that the deer had not been shot on tribal land.

The men were released into the custody of state fish and wildlife officials and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.

In other activity during the past weekend, Mabton officers investigated a report of a family dispute, a noise complaint and a report of an abandoned vehicle near Grandview Pavement Road.

Officers also investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood of Fifth Avenue. Upon contacting the driver, a 17-year-old Grandview male, police issued citations for driving while license suspended, being a minor in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Officers also provided six additional agency assists, made a search for a wanted person and handled a civil manner since last Thursday.


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