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PA: Hunter who left donuts for bear found guilty

April 29, 2010

Hunter who left donuts for bear found guilty

The "pastry poacher," arrested in November for using donuts and other sweets to illegally bait and kill a trophy-sized black bear, was found guilty today of violating several game laws.

Charles W. Olsen Jr., 39, of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, unintentionally drew the attention of a Game Commission wildlife conservation officer when his truck loaded with pastries was spotted on a highway a week before bear season. The officer noted the truck license number, traced it to Mr. Olsen and alerted bear check stations. Mr. Olsen was arrested when he attempted to register a 707-pound bear that would have been the biggest taken during the state's three-day bear hunting season had it been killed legally.

Mr. Olsen's fines and restitution total $6,800 plus court costs, and he stands to lose his hunting and trapping privileges for at least three years.

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