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Brainerd man charged with killing 700-pound black bear on Red Lake Reservation

Brainerd man charged with killing 700-pound black bear on Red Lake Reservation Photo: Facebook

Updated: December 06, 2019 07:02 PM

A Brainerd man has been charged with trespassing on Indian land and wildlife trafficking after shooting and killing a 700-pound American black bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in September.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, 40-year-old Brett Stimac, of Brainerd, willfully, knowingly and without authorization or permission, entered the Red Lake Indian Reservation for the purpose of hunting a bear on Sept. 2.

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Stimac used a compound bow and killed the black bear near the reservation's garbage dump, according to the release.

The release says that Stimac posed for photographs with the bear's carcass and shared those photos on Facebook.

Due to the large size of the bear, Stimac was unable to move the animal. He instead removed the bear's head and paws as well as a portion of the meat, leaving the rest of the carcass on the reservation.

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians does not allow non-Indians to hunt bear on their land. Bears are a clan animal with great spiritual importance to the Band.

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