ND Man Accused Of Shooting WI Bear Charged

Leader - Telegram, Bear Hunting Magazine

The North Dakota man accused of illegally killing a 700-pound black bear in Wisconsin told authorities he had gone deer hunting and mistook the bear for a big buck, a game warden says.

The 57 year-old from West Fargo was charged Monday in Dunn County, Wisconsin with hunting bear during a closed season, shooting or harming a hibernating bear, and shooting a bear without a license.

He is slated to appear in court on March 22, said David Hausman, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden supervisor. He faces up to 27 months in jail and $30,000 in fines if convicted on the misdemeanor charges.

Wardens initially believed the bear had been killed by a combine in a corn field in November in northwest Wisconsin, but a tip led authorities to the North Dakota man whom they then questioned.

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