The Good: A man in Kalispell, Montana went black bear hunting.
The Bad: It wasn’t bear season.
The Bear: The bear the man shot wasn’t a black bear; it was a grizzly.
An unidentified man (Please note that unlike abcmontana.com, where information for this story was obtained, I do not refer to this individual as a hunter) plead guilty in Lincoln County Justice court this week to shooting an endangered grizzly bear and hunting in a closed season.
The man was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and fined $735.
The man said he shot what he believed was a black bear after stalking it through the snow on November 13. The man reported the shooting shortly after realizing what he had done.
Was this poacher’s punishment enough, or does he deserve a more severe fine?