Ted Nugent pleads guilty to misdemeanor Lacey Act violation

nugentHunter, rocker and activist Ted Nugent has agreed to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska in 2009.


Nugent made the admission in signing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed a bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island, days after wounding a bear on a bow hunt, which counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear.

According to the agreement, first reported by the Anchorage Daily News, the six-day hunt was filmed for his Outdoor Channel television show, “Spirit of the Wild.” In the hunt, Nugent baited bears at multiple sites on U.S. Forest Service property, according to the agreement.

 

The document says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the federal Lacey Act.

 

Nugent agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the agreement, which says he also agreed with a two-year probation, including a special condition that he not hunt or fish in Alaska or Forest Service properties for one year. He also agreed to create a public service announcement that would be broadcast on his show every second week for one year, the document states.

 

Nugent, who signed the document April 14, also agreed to pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally, according to the agreement. He would still need to enter the plea in court and have the plea be approved by a judge.

 

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