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COLFAX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An experienced hunter from Ottawa County who shot and killed a black bear while her cubs were nearby is losing his hunting license.
Derek Hassevoort of the Zeeland area pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of a bear in Oceana County District Court Monday.
Hassevoort shot the sow in the woods of Oceana County’s Colfax Township on Sept. 23. While Hassevoort had a valid license and shot the bear in season, state law dictates he cannot shoot a sow who is accompanied by her cubs.
State officials say Hassevoort took the bear to a DNR station in Baldwin for inspection. There, he told workers there were no cubs nearby when he shot the sow. However, a tip to the DNR led to further investigation, and the hunter later admitted there were cubs with the sow when he shot it, DNR officials said.
A judge Monday sentenced Hassevoort to five days in jail and probation. As part of his punishment, Hassevoort must also pay $1,500 in restitution to the state.
He will also lose his hunting license for the rest of this year and the three following years.