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  TED NUGENT PLEADS GUILTY IN ILLEGAL BEAR KILL
25th April 2012

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Ted Nugent pleaded guilty yesterday, Tuesday 24th April, to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska, saying he was sorry for unwittingly violating the law.

"I would never knowingly break any game laws," Nugent told the court. "I'm afraid I was blindsided by this, and I sincerely apologize to everyone for this." With his plea, the singer and avid hunter followed through with a signed agreement he made with federal prosecutors earlier this month. Magistrate Judge Michael Thompson accepted the deal at a U.S. District Court hearing in Ketchikan. Nugent and his attorney participated by telephone.

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Asked by Thompson if the agreement was clear, Nugent responded: "It is with me, your honor."

According to the document, Nugent 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 seasonal limit of one bear in that location. Nugent and his lawyer, Wayne Anthony Ross, said neither of them knew about that law.

The judge said he wasn't aware of the "sort of one-strike policy" either.

"It probably is not widely known, and if there is a side benefit to the agreement reached here today - since apparently newspapers are interested in Mr Nugent and his doings - this probably will serve to alert a great many hunters to that very issue and may, in fact, prevent violations in the future and court activity for a whole slew of folks."

The plea agreement says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the federal Lacey Act.

Ross said after the hearing that he was unaware of any state charges pending. A database search found no state charges against Nugent.

"It seems to me that would be double dipping," Ross said.

The hunt was filmed for Nugent's Outdoor Channel television show 'Spirit Of The Wild', according to the plea deal.

Under the agreement, Nugent must pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years of probation, including a special condition that he not hunt or fish in Alaska or on U.S. Forest Service properties for a year. Nugent used a number of bear-baiting sites on Forest Service land during the Alaska hunt, the document said.

He also must create a public service announcement that will be broadcast on his show every second week for a year after approval by a representative of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Nugent told the court he wanted to make numerous PSAs to keep the interest level up, "so it's not just the same statement." Thompson said that would be fine, as long as the PSAs were approved before airing.

Nugent also must pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally.


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