'Pastry Poacher' Killed Bear Lured With Doughnuts

Man fined $7K for illegally killing black bear
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 5:14 AM CDT
'Pastry Poacher' Killed Bear Lured With Donuts
Mmmm....donuts.   (AP Photo/Sue Mansfield, North American Bear Center)

A Pennsylvania hunter was fined $7,000 for luring a black bear with doughnuts, then illegally shooting it. Charles Olsen was spotted in his pastry-packed truck a week before hunting season. "Seeing him drive by with an unusual amount of pastries was like watching an individual go down a row of parked vehicles testing each handle to see if it would open," said a local conservation officer.

Driving around with doughnuts isn't illegal, but the officer did jot down the guy's license plate number and pass it along to those who man the bear check stations. When Olsen brought in a 707-pound bear, the officer paid him a visit, and the hunter confessed. Bears with a sweet tooth will now have a break, notes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Olsen won't be hunting for at least 3 years. (More hunting stories.)

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