Ted Nugent Pleads Guilty to Illegally Killing Black Bear
OutdoorHub Reporters 04.22.12
Update: Ted Nugent has commented on his guilty plea in an interview with Glenn Beck. Click here to watch the video.
Famed rocker and outdoorsman Ted Nugent has filed a plea agreement in the U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Alaska for a case in which he is alleged to have illegally harvested a black bear. According to the terms of the agreement, Nugent will plead guilty to one count of transporting an illegally hunted bear.
The court documents and plea agreement state that Nugent was filming an episode of his television show on Alaska’s Sukkwan Island in 2009 when he was hunting near a bait pile set to attract bears. During the hunt Nugent shot a bear with an arrow which he “Failed to locate and harvest.” Four days later, he shot and killed another black bear and moved it off the island.
Alaskan hunting laws stipulate that the bear Nugent wounded filled his limit, making the second an illegal kill. By transporting the bear off the island Nugent violated the federal Lacey Act.
Nugent has yet to be sentenced but, according to Radar, prosecutors are recommending two years of probation and a ban on hunting and fishing in Alaska for one year plus a $10,000 fine.
Nugent has agreed to create a public service announcement that will, according to court documents, “discuss the importance of a hunter’s responsibility in know the rules and regulations of the hunting activities that they engage in.”