A Robbinsville man has been sentenced to five months in prison for killing an black bear cub in the Nantahala National Forest.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Howell also ordered Tyler Micaiah Colvin to pay $2,232 restitution to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for killing the cub in October 2011.
Colvin, 20, used a .50 caliber muzzleloader to kill the cub in the national forests Wayah Bear Sanctuary in Macon County, federal prosecutors said. Colvin fired three shots, one of which fatally wounded the bear cub.
Killing bears within a bear sanctuary is prohibited. It is also illegal to kill a bear weighing less than 50 pounds.
Prosecutors say that after Colvin shot the bear cub, he skinned it and removed the paws and some meat. He left the remainder of the carcass and the entrails in the forest.
Forest agents apprehended Colvin and retrieved the bear parts from his vehicle.
Colvin pleaded guilty in December 2012 to one count of transporting wildlife that had been taken in violation of federal laws and regulations, which is a violation of the Lacey Act.
Colvin will be under one year of supervision when hes released from prison. The magistrate judge also ordered Colvin to surrender his hunting license while he is under court supervision. Colvin is prohibited from engaging in any hunting activities during that year. He was also ordered to forfeit the muzzleloader rifle, a powder horn, and a deer call device.
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