Men Sentenced for Illegal Bear Shooting

Three men were sentenced for the illegal shooting of a brown bear in Alaska. The penalties ranged from three years probation and a $5,000 dollar fine to probation and a $10,000 fine. Two Alaska men admitted to guiding hunters to a brown bear without proper permits and licenses. They also phoned the hunters after the hunt and tried to get them to destroy evidence. The man who shot the bear didn’t have a bear hunting tag, so another man gave him his tag, which is a violation also.

Two of the men were convicted of violating the Lacey Act, which can be a felony. The Lacey Act prohibits trafficking in illegal wildlife, fish and plants. For example it is illegal to import certain plants without an import declaration. It also prohibits falsification of documentation for transporting animals or plants. It is over one hundred years old and has been amended several times since passing. The original intent of the law was to stop animal poaching in one state and then selling them in another.

The law allows some illegal activity to be punished as a felony and others as a misdemeanor. The felony aspect of the law carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. The misdemeanor’s punishment range is less, as one would expect. One of the amendments to the Lacey Act specifically was made to address situations involving packaged hunting tours resulting in the death of a wild animal for transport to another state. Out of state visitors shooting animals for payment was not covered prior to the amendment. The Lacey Act has become an important factor in protecting animals in the United States,and abroad.  Various companies in Alaska guide hunters on paid trips to find and shoot brown bears as trophy animals. Some of these tours sell for $7,500 or more. It is a barbaric and unnecessary practice.

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Anneke Andries
Anneke Andries3 years ago

just a start in doing justice, indeed

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

thank you

Katherine Babiak
Katherine Babiak3 years ago

It is a shame they didn't get jail time. Stiffer punishments would be more of a deterrent to poaching and killing.

Katherine Babiak
Katherine Babiak3 years ago

It is a shame they didn't get jail time. If the punishments were stiffer, maybe poaching would be less attractive.

Liz g.

They deserve to serve a jail sentence,horrible HUMANS with no heart!!!!!! Thank you.Liz Xx

Christina V.
Christina V.3 years ago

There is no justification for hunting them.

Alan Mason
Past Member 3 years ago

Hiding behind a gun at a safe distance is cowardly - it can not and should not be classed as hunting, Animals hunt - humans hide behind traps guns, crossbow and think they are the big tough hunter, Shame

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

it's a start. He should have got a jail sentence. There are people whose objective is definitely to make money with grizzly bears they hunt. They should definitely be deterred from doing so.

Berny P.
Berny p.3 years ago

A good start but he SHOUL BE JAILED!

dani r.
dani r.3 years ago

nice start