Two men from eastern Ontario pleaded guilty this month to charges connected to the killing of a rare bear near Ear Falls, Ont., in September.

According to court reports, one hunter shot a cinnamon-coloured black bear while hunting in a remote area northeast of Ear Falls, without having a valid black bear hunting license.

Investigators discovered that the second hunter attached his own tags to the bear.

Both men are from Arden, Ont.

The shooter was fined $1000 for hunting black bear without a licence, and the second hunter was fined $500 for attaching his seal to a black bear killed by another person.

The cinnamon-phase black bear, which is uncommon in this part of the province, was seized and permanently forfeited to the Crown.