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Bear Illegally Shot by Rock Star

Bear Illegally Shot by Rock Star

A black bear in Alaska was illegally killed by former rock star turned reality TV celebrity Ted Nugent. Ironically enough, his reality TV show is called Spirit of the Wild, but killing one bear illegally and injuring another is hardly any behavior one would call “from the spirit.” Nugent’s bear hunt was captured on video and broadcast on his show.  The two crimes: one was the shooting and the other was the transporting of a black bear off of federal property. There were actually two hunts he participated in. In the first, he shot a black bear with a bow and arrow injuring it, but he said he thought he missed. Some time later he shot and killed another one, and then took that bear off federal property.

Nugent wrote on his website, “Was I negligent in not knowing the Alaska bear hunting rule for the specific region I hunted that year? Absolutely. For my negligence, I have been charged with a violation and I pled guilty. To the best of my knowledge,  I am the only person ever charged with violating this new, unheard of law.”

He has received various punishments for his illegal actions, including a $10,000 fine, two years of probation, public service in the form of recording PSAs about responsible hunting, and a one year ban on hunting and fishing in Alaska or any U.S. Forest Service land.

He might have been charged with violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits trade of animals which have been illegally killed, sold or transported. Violating this law can result in one year of imprisonment and stiff fines. It was passed by President McKinley in 1900, and has been amended several times. In its current form it is a broad piece of legislation used to combat crimes against wildlife.

Black bear hunting is a very dubious activity, considering they are no threat to humans and have a mainly vegetarian diet.

Image Credit: Harvey Barrison, Wiki Commons

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5:08PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

These types also have a pathetic excuse for what they did. Ignorance of the law does not excuse you; it makes you a loser.

8:23PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

He is a criminal and should be jailed. I am boycotting him, his show and everyone connected to him within my possibilities. I hope he gets injured in an accident and die, slowly and alone.

8:53PM PDT on May 19, 2012

TedNutjob is one of the worst violators of wild life that stalks the planet today. And he is certifiable( Insane that is). He thinks the Laws don't apply to him,because he's one of the entitled.

3:32AM PDT on May 10, 2012

glad he did get done for this! thanks for sharing :)

4:52PM PDT on May 7, 2012

I don't like Ted Nugent. He has no shame! Poor little Ted, cops a plea that he doesn't know the hunting rule for that specific region! News Flash hotshot - if you need to prove your manhood by killing animals with a gun and injuring them with a bow - know the damn rules, jerk

11:59AM PDT on May 1, 2012

I knew there was a reason I never liked Ted Nugent. Sorry to say that my opinion of him has been confirmed. What a fricking loser.

8:48AM PDT on May 1, 2012

It makes me sad when famous people are so ignorant - and share their views with the rest of the world. It would be great if he got prison time for this. And I would hardly call him a "star" - I am 36 and only ever heard of him from watching That 70's Show. My guess is no one under the age of 30 knows who he is. Let's keep it that way. He doesn't deserve to be famous for anything other than being the guy who got mauled by a bear (if Karma does her job).

6:26AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Jerk isn't the word to describe him. @sshole is a better word. I hope they ban you from hunting, period! Who do you think you are? You are scum and you prove it every time you shoot at an animal and worse if you kill one. Go to hades.

2:42AM PDT on May 1, 2012

jerk

2:41AM PDT on May 1, 2012

jerk

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