Grizzly bear
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KALISPELL – A Wisconsin hunter who mistakenly shot a grizzly bear near Spotted Bear in the Hungry Horse area Saturday will have to pay $2,235 in fines and restitution.

Richard Kutcher of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty Monday to killing a grizzly in a closed season. Kutcher was staying at a hunting lodge, and hunting black bear in the area.

As soon as he discovered he had shot a grizzly, Kutcher immediately reported the incident to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Game warden Perry Brown responded.

“The hunter was cooperative and gave a detailed account of what happened,” according to FWP spokesman John Fraley.

Fraley said the agency recommends all bear hunters take the Black Bear Identification Program “multiple times” before heading out on a hunt. The program can be found at fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/bearID/.

Kutcher was fined $235 and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution as mandated by state law.

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