December 09, 2009
700-Pound PA Black Bear Poached Over Pastries
By Dave Hurteau
From The Standard Speaker:
A Bear Creek Township man's record bear hunting harvest may be going on his criminal record.
Charles Olson Jr. recently bagged a 707-pound black bear in Wyoming County, the largest of the 3,036 bears harvested in Pennsylvania during the state's bear season.
But Pennsylvania Game Commission officials say he cheated.
They say Olson, 38, baited the bear with pastries, which constitutes illegal poaching in Pennsylvania.
Game Commission officials said they will seek a three-year suspension of Olson's hunting privileges. He faces a fine of between $500 and $1,500 and could be forced to pay up to $5,000 in restitution for illegally killing a trophy-class bear. . . .