- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

COLFAX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer says an arrest warrant will be sought for a man accused of shooting a mother black bear accompanied by her three cubs.

The Muskegon Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1YNOndV ) says the bear was reportedly shot Sept. 23 in Colfax Township in Oceana County. Conservation officer Troy Van Gelderen said Tuesday that the man has a bear-hunting permit and was hunting legally at the time, but that it’s illegal to kill a mother bear that’s with her cubs.

According to Van Gelderen, conservation officers spoke with the man from the Holland-Zeeland area Monday night and got the bear from a processor. Van Gelderen says the Department of Natural Resources expects to request a warrant from prosecutors Wednesday.

Possible punishments for such a violation include a fine, a short jail term and loss of hunting privileges.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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