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Nov 30, 2009 6:21 PM by Jthibodeaux

Hunter issued citations for taking bear in a closed season

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a hunter on Nov. 27 for killing two Louisiana black bears on Red River Wildlife Management Area in Concordia Parish.

Gary Kinsland, 62, of Sunset, was issued citations for two counts of taking bear in a closed season. Agents were called to the site by Wildlife Division biologists working at the WMA's check station as part of a managed deer hunt. Kinsland, who was deer hunting, stated that he shot the bears after mistaking them for feral hogs. He then self-reported the incident.

Charges will be filed in Concordia Parish. If convicted on the two counts, Kinsland could face fines totaling up to $950 per count, or up to eight months in jail, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Additionally, restitution to the department in the amount of $10,000 per bear will be sought.

A 30.06 rifle with hunting scope was seized after the incident.

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