Claim Jumper Caught on Camera
Claim Jumper Caught on Film

Can you identify this man?

On May 11th, 2013 at 11:37 AM, this man was caught on a trail camera engaging in mineral trespass on a mining claim near the mouth of Briggs Creek in Josephine County, Oregon. The claim is owned by Millennium Diggers Club based out of Keizer, Oregon.

In the photo, the unidentified man can plainly be seen passing in front of a conspicuous Mining Claim Notice that is inside the boundaries of the claim with a metal detector in his hand. According to officials in Millennium Diggers Club, the individual is not a member of their organization, did not have permission to enter their claim and is engaged in mineral trespass.

Mineral Trespass is a crime and is defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes under ORS 517.130 as:

(2) A person commits the crime of mineral trespass if the person intentionally and without the permission of the claim holder:
(a) Enters a mining claim posted as required in ORS 517.010 or 517.044 and disturbs, removes or attempts to remove any mineral from the claim site;

The statute requires that the claim be plainly marked by notices and comply with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to manner of location to have any effect of law.

Penalties for Mineral Trespass in Oregon include a fine of $1,250 and up to 30 days in prison.

If you can identify the individual in the photo, please contact Galice Mining District at our contact link above or e-mail Millinium Diggers at: greenenvironmental@yahoo.com