Alberta man fined $2K after pleading guilty to killing black bear, abandoning hide

An Alberta man has been fined $2,000 after pleading guilty to killing a black bear along a major highway and then abandoning its hide.

FORT MCMURRAY — An Alberta man has been fined $2,000 after pleading guilty to killing a black bear along a major highway and then abandoning its hide.

As well, Steven John Grant of Fort McMurray won’t be allowed to hold a hunting licence for a year.

He was charged after the bear was shot in October 2007 along Highway 63 just north of the city in northern Alberta.

Grant told court he had just acquired a licence to hunt bears and got carried away when he saw the animal in the ditch.

“Excitement took over me. It was my first bear, my first licence, and I didn’t really take time to think,” he said.

He said he stopped his truck, took two steps away from the vehicle and then shot the bear. Another driver saw him, took note of his truck’s licence plate and called police.

RCMP went to Grant’s house to question him and found the bear’s hide in a bag on the side of the road. The bag had been put on the curb for garbage pickup.

The charges Grant admitted to included discharging a firearm, causing a projectile to pass along or cross a highway and allowing the skin of a killed bear to be abandoned.

Two other charges — discharging a weapon from a motor vehicle and hunting a bear under one year old — were withdrawn. There is no open season on black bears under one.

Just Posted

Bowden baby in need of surgery

“Help for Alexis” Go Fund Me account

PHOTO: First Rider bus safety in Red Deer

Central Alberta students learned bus safety in the Notre Dame High School… Continue reading

Red Deer dancer attends national summer school

Dancers with others from across Canada and beyond

Innisfail Airport to host convention

2019 Canadian Owners and Pilots Association’s event

WATCH: Annual Family Picnic at Central Spray and Play

Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. held the Annual Family Picnic at the… Continue reading

Ontario govt caps off summer session by passing bill to cut Toronto council size

TORONTO — The Ontario government passed a controversial bill to slash the… Continue reading

Updated:Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

MILAN — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of… Continue reading

Saudi Arabia spat affecting Canadians embarking on hajj, community members say

TORONTO — Members of Canada’s Muslim community say recent tensions between Ottawa… Continue reading

Tug carrying up to 22,000 litres of fuel capsizes in Fraser River off Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The smell of diesel filled the air as crews worked… Continue reading

Woman has finger ripped off at West Edmonton Mall waterslide

SASKATOON — A Saskatchewan woman says she lost a finger after her… Continue reading

Nebraska executes first inmate using fentanyl

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than… Continue reading

Canadian train travellers narrowly avoid deadly Italian bridge collapse

TORONTO — A pair of Canadian student travellers bemoaning what appeared to… Continue reading

Keep bribes quiet for 10 years, FIFA won’t punish you

LONDON — FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month