Back on April 9th of 2021, Fish and Game officers came across a dead grizzly bear in Little Warm River, in Fremont County, Idaho.
Investigators discovered several bullets in the grizzly’s body, sparking further investigation into a possible illegal killing. A dead cub was also found in the bear’s den, which likely passed away due to the mother being unable to come back and take care of it, according to FOX News.
The grizzly had been tagged and was wearing a radio collar so researchers could collect data on it, and when she died, the collar sent out a mortality signal.
With that being said, Jared and Rex Baum of Ashton, Idaho, have both pled guilty to the incident, and have been sentenced to jail time, along with a ban from hunting.
When wildlife officials questioned Jared Baum about the incident, he admitted that he shot the bear, thinking it was a black bear initially.
He then confessed that his father, Rex, had also participated in the shooting.
Jared Baum was sentenced to 30 days in the Fremont County jail, along with three years of probation, $12,500 in fines and court fees, and a lifetime ban from hunting.
His father, Rex, also pled guilty, and sentenced to 180 days in jail, $1,400 in fines and court fees, and a 10 year ban from hunting.
The only areas in North America where it’s legal to hunt grizzlies are Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northern Territory provinces of Canada.