Missouri man fined more than $5K after abandoning black bear

A man from Missouri has been given a three-year hunting suspension and a fine of $5,500 for hunting a black bear without a licence and making a false statement to conservation officers.

He was fined $5,500 and given a three-year hunting suspension

A man from Missouri pleaded guilty to abandoning a black bear and allowing its flesh to spoil, hunting a bear without a licence and making a false statement to a conservation officer. (CBC)

A man from Missouri has been given a three-year hunting suspension and a fine of $5,500 for hunting a black bear without a licence and making a false statement to conservation officers.

Conservation officers said they contacted the man on Aug. 17, 2017 about a black bear he had shot earlier that day while hunting along Highway 105, south of Perrault Falls.

According to a written statement issued Wednesday, the Missouri man had also shot a small, female black bear sometime between Aug. 15 and 17, before abandoning it in search of a larger, more impressive bear.

The hunter was only licensed to harvest one black bear.

He pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for abandoning a black bear and allowing its flesh to spoil, $2,000 for hunting a black bear without a licence, and $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.