Ted Nugent admits illegal Alaska hunt

Tue, Apr 24, 2012, 01:00

US rockstar and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent is expected to plead guilty today to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska.

A plea agreement with federal prosecutors signed by Nugent says he illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska after wounding another bear in a bow hunt.

The first bear counted toward a state seasonal limit of one animal.

His lawyer Wayne Anthony Ross has claimed Nugent did not know he was breaking the law.

The agreement, filed in US District Court in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan last week, says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanour violation of the Lacey Act.

According to the agreement, the hunt was filmed for Nugent's Outdoor Channel television show Spirit of the Wild.

Nugent, who signed the document April 14th, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the document, which says he also agreed to a two-year probation, including a special condition that he not hunt or fish in Alaska or Forest Service properties for one year.

He also agreed to create a public service announcement that would be broadcast on his show every second week for one year, the document states. Nugent also agreed to pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally, according to the document.

A plea agreement would have to be approved by a judge.

Nugent briefly drew the attention of the Secret Service last week after he rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November."

His comments were made during a National Rifle Association meeting in St Louis.

AP