The Associated Press
ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) — Shilo Inn owner Mark Hemstreet has settled
illegal hunting charges by paying the state of Oregon $3,000, and
prosecutors dropped charges filed against his wife, Shannon, as well.
Hemstreet, family members and friends had been accused of a variety
of violations after State Police investigated the taking of four elk and
a bear during the 2004 hunting season. Later a judge dismissed some
Ousley said Hemstreet's son, Brian, 34, pleaded guilty in the case, and
Hemstreet said their relationship is frayed. He said he's forgiven his
son and thinks he was treated harshly, but Brian "betrayed" him by
inviting guests to the ranch without getting permission and illegally
killing a black bear. Hemstreet said his son bought a bear tag but
forgot to pick it up.
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