MSU Students Guilty Of Illegal Bear Kill

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine
11/08/2011

UPDATE 11/9/2011:
Two MSU students have now admitted to illegally killing a black bear near Bozeman. Sources state that their intention was to shoot it and harvest it for the meat.

The first man pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing and transporting a black bear in city limits after hours without a valid license, killing over the limit of a large game animal and violation of department orders for killing the bear and having Malallah use his tag. His accomplice was charged with unlawfully possessing and transporting a large game animal, loan and transfer of a black bear license, failure to attach the bear tag and violation of department orders for agreeing to use the license for the bear in the other mans yard.

The first man was sentenced to four days jail time for two of the charges, which may be served on the work program. He must also pay $2,700 in fines and his hunting privileges are suspended for five years.

The second man was sentenced to four days jail time for two of the charges, which may be served on the work release program. He must also pay a $2,500 fine and his hunting privileges are suspended for three years and six months.

ORIGINAL NEWS FLASH:
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden issued a statement regarding two bow hunters that were cited after a black bear was possibly illegally killed near Bozeman, Montana. They were cited with multiple misdemeanor violations, including unlawful possession of a game animal, shooting after legal hunting hours and unsafe discharge of a weapon.

Police followed a blood trail through the woods in the southern part of Bozeman in the early morning hours on Sunday and found the carcass of the bear in a vehicle. The hunter accused of killing the bear had already harvested one this season and called the other asking them if they wanted to fill their tag.



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