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Steve
01-29-2000, 07:18 AM
Lapeer County pair to
be charged in shooting
of bear

Thursday, January 27, 2000

CARO - Authorities plan to charge two Lapeer County
residents, a woman, 34, and a man, 25, for killing a
black bear in October.

The man shot the 175-pound bear on private property
northeast of Vassar in Tuscola County, said state
Department of Natural Resources officials, The woman
lied about the crime to investigators, claiming she shot
the animal, investigators allege.

"Once she found out she was going to be charged with
the crime, she came forward with the truth, which was
that she had not shot it," said DNR Conservation Officer
Jason S. Haines.

It is illegal to shoot a bear at any time in Tuscola County,
whether a hunter uses a firearm or bow.

Illegally killing a bear carries a mandatory penalty of 5
days in jail, with a maximum of 90 days. Conviction also
requires payment of a $1,500 fine to the Michigan Fish
and Game Protection Fund and automatic revocation of
the person's hunting license for a period of years.

Haines declined to identify either suspect, but said he
expects they'll be charged during the next several weeks.
The suspects had permission to hunt deer on the private
property, but the land owner alerted authorities after the
bear killing.

The criminal charge against the woman "will stem more
from her cover-up of this whole thing," Haines said.

The man said he was sitting in a tree stand about 10 feet
off the ground when he shot the bear, striking the animal
in the side with an arrow that passed in and out of the
bear's body.

"The bear was shot with the first arrow about 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 but they did not go and try to find the bear,"
Haines said. "When they went out the following morning,
they located it. It was apparently still alive but in very
poor condition and it definitely wasn't going to live."

Another man, a Tuscola County resident, fired a second
arrow into the bear's side "to basically end its suffering,"
Haines said. The conservation officer said he doesn't
believe the Tuscola County man will face any criminal
charge for killing the animal.

"In the long run the bear couldn't have survived the first
shot," Haines said.

"When the (male suspect) shot it, he was out hunting by
himself and I think he wanted to get extra people before
he tried to locate a wounded bear out in the woods by
himself. We just plain don't have a lot of bears to deal
with in Tuscola County."




birddog
01-29-2000, 08:41 AM
Steve its a dirty shame to see some one kill an animal just to kill.You would think being able to see a bear would be as much a thrill as shooting the animal he was hunting.He will not have to worry about big game hunting in michigan for the next 4 years because they will take his privelages for that amount of time.Every time i read of this happening I also wonder how many times a year it happens and nobody knows.Thanks for posting this.

Lance
02-14-2000, 09:27 AM
They may revoke his hunting privileges for four years but do you honestly believe he won't hunt? I'm sure we have all heard stories, or know of poachers/illegal hunters with multiple arrests. They aren't going to stop anymore than a multiple DUI driver is going to.

birddog
02-14-2000, 04:03 PM
Lance they probably will try to hunt but i would not want to be them and get caught with the multiple offense laws that they have.