Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Brock Lesnar and a hunting guide have been charged with three counts under Alberta's Wildlife Act.
The charges stem from a hunting trip Lesnar was on in the Manyberries area south of Medicine Hat, Alta., in November 2010.
Darcy Whiteside of Sustainable Resource Development says it’s unusual for a guide to face illegal hunting charges.
"Alberta is considered an international destination for hunting," he said. "So we have hunters that come across the world ... and it is the responsibility of the guide and outfitter to know the rules, as well as the hunters that come up here."
Whiteside said Alberta has some of the best outfitters, but unfortunately incidents do occur, such as this instance.
"Hunting is an important wildlife management tool ... and when done illegally that can have a large impact on our wildlife, our natural resources, and the populations themselves," said Whiteside.
Lesnar is scheduled to appear in a Medicine Hat courtroom in mid-January.
The charges in the case carry maximum penalties of a $50,000 fine or a two-year jail term for each offence.