A hunter in British Columbia has been ordered to pay a hefty fine after mistaking a grizzly bear with a black bear.

According to Global News, Martin Chalupiak was bowhunting for black bears around Powel Lake in September, 2016, when he made the costly mistake in identity.

Just recently, Chalupiak was handed a $1 fine and ordered to pay $8,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. Additionally, he will have to complete 12 months probation and a hunter training course. (CORE)

“Evidence presented in the case indicated he observed the bear for up to 15 minutes from only 20 metres away when he shot it with a bow and arrow mistaking it for a black bear,” said Conservation Officer Andrew Anaka.

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