MN Man Convicted Of Illegal Bear Guiding

Lake Superior News, Bear Hunting Magazine

Ontario - A Red Lake District tourist lodge operators illegal bear guiding practices has resulted in a two-year ban on operating a bear management area and a $14,000 fine.

Jody Stevens of Minnesota, was convicted of eleven (11) counts under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of providing bear hunting services without a licence in 2007 and 2008. He was fined $7,000 for each year, his bear management agreement licence has been revoked and he cannot participate in any aspect of operating a bear management area for two years.

The Court heard that during the 2007 and 2008 bear hunting seasons, Stevens served as a black bear hunting guide for United States hunters staying at accommodations on Long Legged Lake, approximately 55 kilometres south of Red Lake. Stevens recorded false information on a number of different mandatory forms, citing that bears had been harvested in an area where he was licensed to provide bear guiding services. In fact, Stevens was illegally working in an area which was closer to his lodge than his licensed area.

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