Hunting

Guilty Plea in Illegal Bear Killing

Charles W. Olsen Jr. was found guilty of illegally killing a "trophy-class" bear over bait during the 2009 hunting season.

4/30/2010


Today, Wilkes-Barre resident, Charles W. Olsen Jr. was found guilty of illegally killing a "trophy-class" bear over bait during the 2009 hunting season. Olsen, who took the 707-pound bear by luring it in with pastries, has been ordered to pay fines and restitution of $6,800, in addition to court costs.


The case began when Luzerne County Wildlife Conservation Officer Cory Bentzoni spotted Olsen driving through town with an abnormally large amount of pastries in his truck; Bentzoni immediately became suspicious of illegal hunting activity. Bentzoni alerted local Game Commission personnel at  all bear check stations, asking them to notify him if Olsen brought a bear into any of the stations.


A short time later, Bentzoni got a call. Sure enough Olsen had brought in a bear, and when confronted, quickly admitted he had killed the bear over a bait pile.


Olsen stands to lose his hunting and trapping privileges for at least three years.


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