BIGGS JUNCTION, Ore. -- Two men were arrested Sunday for killing and beheading bighorn sheep along Interstate 84 in Oregon.
Troopers got a report just before 10 a.m. that someone appeared to be "gutting a big game animal" just off of I-84 near Biggs Junction, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Bill Fugate.
Troopers found a suspicious vehicle in the area with one man inside. Meanwhile, passing drivers stopped to tell them that another man was hiding in the bushes nearby.
During the search for the second suspect, troopers found the severed heads of two bighorn sheep, Fugate said.
Investigators said 32-year-old Justin M. Samora of Layton, Utah and 37-year-old Cody J. Plagmann of Albany, Oregon had worked together to shoot and decapitate the bighorn sheep. Both were arrested.
The sheep were recovered, but were not able to be salvaged, Fugate said.
"It's an outrage that someone would poach a bighorn sheep, when hunters can wait their whole life and still never get the opportunity to hunt this iconic species," said Jeremy Thompson, district wildlife biologist in The Dalles. " This herd is also a popular viewing attraction for people driving along I-84, and has been there since 1993."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has other information about the suspects is asked to call The Dalles Area OSP Command at 541-296-9646.