August 19, 1998
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408
State, tribal cooperative on elk poaching arrest
OLYMPIA -- Following cooperative action by Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife enforcement officers and Tulalip tribal officials, two tribal members were
arrested yesterday and booked into Cowlitz County Jail in connection with a February
elk poaching incident near Toutle in which five elk were shot and left on the ground.
Anthony Moses, Sr., age 37, and Brian Moses, 39, both of Marysville, were
arrested on felony charges of first-degree animal cruelty; gross misdemeanor charges
of hunting big game during a closed season and hunting with artificial light, and
misdemeanor charges of wastage and shooting from a public roadway. According to
Cowlitz County Deputy Prosecutor Arne Deny, the felony charge carries a maximum
sentence of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine; the gross misdemeanors each carry
maximum penalties of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, and the misdemeanors each
carry penalties of up to 90-days or $500.
Arrest warrants had been issued for the two men after they failed to appear for a
scheduled arraignment in Cowlitz County last May. They were arrested by WDFW
officers yesterday on the Tulalip reservation near Marysville, after a Northwest
Intertribal Court System judge issued probable-cause tribal warrants based on the
Cowlitz County warrants. Tribal police, at the direction of tribal executives, also
assisted WDFW officers in contacting the men. The suspects were arraigned in tribal
court on the charges before being taken to Cowlitz County.
"The tribe was extremely helpful to us in making this arrest," said WDFW
Enforcement Chief Ron Swatfigure.
A third tribal member allegedly involved in the incident, Anthony Moses Jr., age
20, was arraigned last May in Cowlitz County on the same charges and is scheduled to
appear Oct. 14 in Cowlitz County Superior Court. In addition, he also was charged with
possessing a loaded rifle in a vehicle, a misdemeanor.
Anthony Moses Sr., and Brian Moses were scheduled to appear in Cowlitz
County Superior Court today. They each are being held on $10,000 bail.
The poaching incident the men allegedly were involved in occurred Feb. 18 near
State Route 504. Four elk were shot about midnight and were left dead on the ground;
a fifth animal was left wounded and later died.