2010-05-06 / Local & State

Man Found Guilty Of Baiting Bear With Pastries

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) – A Pennsylvania hunter has been found guilty of using pastries to illegally bait the largest bear killed in the state during the 2009 season.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the 39- year-old Wilkes-Barre resident was found guilty Thursday and was ordered to pay $6,800 in fines and restitution, plus court costs.

Game Commission officials say the hunter admitted using bait to help him attract and kill the 707- pound (321-kilogram) bear. They say he first raised suspicions when he was spotted a week before the hunting season driving a truck loaded with pastries through a heavily hunted area.

The man also faces the loss of hunting privileges for three years.

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