Jared Bain of Kalispell was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution from Lake Count Justice of the Peace Chuck Wall for the unlawful killing of a grizzly bear. In addition to the restitution he was fined $2,000 of which $1500 was suspended for shooting the bear during a closed season, fined $1000 of which $500 was suspended for the unlawful possession of the claws, sentenced to 180 days in jail all suspended and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 12 months.
FWP received information through Tip-Mont that Bain had shot a grizzly bear in the Spring of 2009. Game Warden Chuck Bartos of Big Fork was able to obtain a confession from Bain and retrieve the carcass of the bear. Bain admitted to mis-identifying the grizzly bear as a black bear during the spring bear season and later returning to the bear with several other individuals and taking claws from the carcass. Matthew Parker of Missoula and Nickolas Davenhauer of Kalispell both pled guilty to unlawful possession of grizzly bear claws and were fined $1,000 each of which $500 was suspended, sentenced to 180 days in jail all suspended and lost their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 6 months.
According to FWP Warden Captain Lee Anderson, this case should serve as an example of why people should turn themselves in if they make a mistake. “ This individual chose not to notify a warden when he made a mistake, and further perpetuated things by returning to the site with others and taking the claws. As a result they paid a pretty significant penalty.”