To catch a poacher

State troopers protect Oregon's wildlife

TOLEDO — Sunrise was an hour away when Sgt. Todd Thompson settled into his beat on the 1000 Line Road, where log routes and morning mist cling to the sides of breathtakingly steep mountains. Hidden in this green expanse of timber and dense vegetation in the Alsea Hunting Unit are some of the most prized game animals in the United States: record-rack black-tailed deer, chart-busting elk and black bear that can break a 500-pound scale.

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