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Man Gets Five Month Prison Sentence For Killing Baby Cub Black Bear

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A man who admitted to killing a black bear cub 18 months ago will spend the next five months in prison. A man who admitted to killing a black bear cub 18 months ago will spend the next five months in prison.

A man who admitted to killing a black bear cub 18 months ago will spend the next five months in prison.

According to Anne Tompkins, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, Judge Dennis L. Howell sentenced Tyler Micaiah Colvin, 20, of Robbinsville, North Carolina, to five months in prison on Wednesday.

According to Tompkins, Colvin admitted to using a .50 caliber muzzleloader to kill a Black Bear cub in the Wayah Bear Sanctuary of the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County in October 2011. Court records indicated that Colvin fired three shots, one of which killed the cub, and later skinned it and removed its paws and some meat. Colvin left the remainder of the carcass and entrails in the forest.

Colvin was apprehended by Forest agents who received the bear parts from his vehicle. When the cub was killed it weighed less than 50 pounds and hunting is not allowed within a bear sanctuary, even if it is out of hunting season.

"The Lacey Act is an important arsenal in our fight against those who illegally kill endangered and threatened species," said Tompkins. "It is important for all of us to follow the law when hunting protected species. Colvin's conduct was outrageous, inhumane and illegal and anyone involved in the illegal killing of Black Bears will be vigorously prosecuted by this office."

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Howell ordered Colvin to one year of supervised release and to surrender his hunting license while he is under court supervision. He is also prohibited from hunting activities during that year and ordered to pay a $2,232 fine to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. He was also ordered to forfeit the muzzleloader, a powder horn and a deer call device.

"I commend the U.S. Forest Service agents and officers of their work on this case, and I believe the sentence sends a message that illegal hunting will not be tolerated in the national forests," said Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service's National Forests in North Carolina. "Working with a wide variety of local, state and federal partners, the Forest Service is committed to protecting wildlife to ensure these and other natural resources are available for the next generation of forest visitors."

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