Ted Nugent to plead guilty to illegal SE bear kill
The Motor City Madman’s hunting career in Alaska may have just stalled.
Ted Nugent is being charged with violating the federal Lacey Act for a black bear hunt in Southeast three years ago.
According to court documents filed Friday, Nugent was in the middle of a hunt on Sukkwan Island while filming for his show “Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild.” He was bow hunting near several registered bait sites in late May 2009 when he apparently wounded a bear. Any wounded bear counts towards a hunter’s bag limit for the year in Game Management Unit (GMU) 2.
But prosecutors say Nugent failed to locate and harvest the bear. Then, a few days later he shot another bear and killed it. He later transported that bear aboard a boat which is a violation of Alaska regulations.
According to a plea agreement signed by Nugent and prosecutors, Nugent will be on two-years probation. He’ll also be prohibited from hunting in Alaska or on any Forest Service land for a year.
Nugent will also pay $600 restitution for the bear, pay a $10,000 fine, and create a public service announcement that will air every other week for a year on his television show. Nugent will talk about the hunter’s responsibility of knowing the rules and regulations for their hunts.
Nugent and his attorney Wayne Anthony Ross are expected to participate in a combination arraignment and entry of plea hearing in Ketchikan District Court on Tuesday, April 24th.
Famous for his hit ‘Cat Scratch Fever,’ Nugent is also a fervent advocate for hunting and gun rights. Along with Alaska Congressman Don Young, Nugent is a board member of the National Rifle Association.
(Corrected to reflect Tuesday hearing instead of Monday)