Man Shoots Black Bear Outside Hunting Season, Gets Prison Time

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 9:26 PM EDT
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Man Gets Prison Time After Killing Black Bear

Michael Cifelli

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after shooting a black bear outside of hunting season with a crossbow he wasn't allowed to have.

The Express Times said Thursday that 26-year-old Kevin Young of Blairstown Township, N.J., pleaded guilty earlier this year to weapons charges. He was barred from possessing weapons due to a 2006 burglary conviction.

The dead bear was found hidden in the woods and investigators traced its blood to Young's home. Police said they found a crossbow as well as weapons including a shotgun, switchblade, dagger and hollow-point bullets.

Officials also said the bear was killed in July 2012, which is out of hunting season.

Young's attorney Michael Priarone declined to comment.

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