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Ted Nugent expected to plead guilty in Alaska bear hunting case

Nugent will pay a $10,000 fine, produce a public service announcement about responsible hunting, refrain from hunting in Alaska or on federal parks for a year and undergo two years' probation.
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Nugent speaks during his induction ceremony for the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame in February, 2009 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/AFP/Getty Images)

Far-right rocker Ted Nugent is due to appear by telephone on Tuesday in an Alaska courtroom to admit that he illegally shot and killed a bear for his Outdoor Channel television show, accoridng to The Associated Press.

In a plea deal with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday, Nugent admits to wounding a bear in a bowhunt and then shooting and killing another black bear on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska, violating a legal limit of hunting one bear per season in that area.

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In a misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act, which prohibits the sale and transfer of illegally harvested wildlife, Nugent also admits to knowingly possessing and transporting the bear, the news agency said.

According to Anchorage Daily News, Nugent will pay a $10,000 fine and produce a 30-second to 60-second public service announcement that will air on his show twice a month. Nugent will undergo two years' probation and a one-year ban on hunting and fishing in Alaska as well as all US Forest Service land, the newspaper said.

Nugent's lawyer Wayne Anthony Ross, who sits with Nugent on the board of the National Rifle Association, said his client was unaware of new rules saying that if a hunter fails to kill prey, this still counts towards the seasonal hunting limit.

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"They've got apparently some crazy law in Southeast that says if you even touch an animal with an arrow, it becomes your animal," Ross was quoted as saying. "He looked to see if he had hit it and didn't believe that he'd hit it fatally."

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