From a press release.
HARRISBURG, PA. — A Pennsylvania man has been found guilty of using pastries to illegally bait the largest bear killed in the state during the 2009 season.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the 39-year-old Wilkes-Barre resident was found guilty Thursday and was ordered to pay $6,800 in fines and restitution, plus court costs.
Game Commission officials say the man admitted using bait to help him attract and kill the 707-pound bear. They say he first raised suspicions when he was spotted a week before the hunting season driving a truck loaded with pastries through a heavily hunted area.
Olsen also stands to lose his hunting and trapping privileges for at least three years.
“What is most unfortunate is that law-abiding bear hunters in the area were robbed of the opportunity to legally harvest truly a trophy bear by fair chase means,” said Northeast Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Dan Figured.
News like this really upsets me. It’s bad enough that poachers steal our game and the media confuses poachers with hunters (I changed “hunter” with “man” in the original press release). But that a poacher kills a state record animal is just heart breaking.
This is one huge bear, probably the largest black bear I’ve ever seen dead or alive. The picture doesn’t do the bear’s size justice. Look at the critters feet, huge like a grizzly.
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