Alaska man to accept 4-month sentence for killing polar bear
An Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to killing a polar bear without harvesting its meat.
Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Chris Gordon of Kaktovik has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will accept a maximum prison sentence of four months and a $4,500 fine.
Authorities said the killing violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The whaling captain is also expected to agree not to hunt marine mammals except bowhead whales for a year after sentencing.
Authorities said Gordon shot the polar bear in front of his house after it was attracted by butchered whale meat in his front yard.
A spokeswoman for the Anchorage-based federal prosecutors declined to comment.
Gordon’s defense attorney Brian Stibitz did not immediately return a message from the Associated Press seeking comment.