Washington Man Facing Baiting Charges

Washington WDFW /Outdoor New, Bear Hunting Magazine

A man from Pierce County, Washington will be arraigned April 30th for nearly 40 counts of illegal baiting and shooting of black bears over the past two years.

The 52 year-old and potentially his family members, would bait bears within close proximity of his cabin in the upper Methow Valley where they would shoot them from chairs. Under Washington state law, baiting is a gross misdemeanor.

In total, the man is facing the following charges:

• 34 counts of baiting (which has been illegal since 1996 when it was outlawed by a statewide initiative)

• four counts of unlawful big game hunting in the second degree

• one count of unlawful transport

• second degree spotlighting

• third-degree possession of stolen property (neighbors trail cam put in place to find out who was cutting their gates)

• possession of a body-gripping trap and possession of a duplicate tag.

Evidence against the man came from pages from a diary and hundreds upon hundreds of photos recovered from trail cams and computers. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seized items they believe were used in the killing and transportation of the illegally harvested bear to a Westside butcher. He is expected to plead not guilty at the pro forma hearing. He faces fines and getting his hunting license revoked for up to five years.

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