ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP/KMOX) — Rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska.
A plea agreement with federal prosecutors signed by Nugent says he illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska after wounding another bear in a bow hunt. The bow incident counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear.
Nugent was set to participate by telephone in Tuesday’s U.S. District Court proceeding in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, his lawyer said.
Nugent didn’t know he was breaking the law, said his Anchorage attorney, Wayne Anthony Ross.
The agreement, filed in U.S. District Court last week, says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act.
According to the agreement, the hunt was filmed for Nugent’s Outdoor Channel television show “Spirit of the Wild.”
Nugent, who signed the document April 14, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the document, which says he also agreed to 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 also agreed to pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally, according to the document.
A plea agreement would have to be approved by a judge.
Nugent briefly drew the attention of the Secret Service last week after he rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” His comments were made during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis.
According to the web site TheTruthAboutGuns.com, this isn’t the first time Nugent has had a run-in with game cops. In 2010 Nugent pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of poaching deer in California. Two game wardens were watching his outdoor show, “Spirit of the Wild” and one of them noticed Nugent killed a deer with bow and arrow. But the wardens could see it was a ‘spike’ buck, meaning its antlers had not yet forked, Foy said. It is illegal in California to kill such a young deer.
Not only that, the wardens also noticed something had been spread on the ground that the deer appeared to be eating before it was killed. A subsequent investigation revealed this to be a commercial bait product called “C’mereDeer.” It is illegal to bait wildlife in California.
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