Charges: Brainerd man shot, killed 700-pound black bear on protected land

The killing happened on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
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A Brainerd man with a history of illegal hunting has been charged with unlawfully killing a 700-pound black bear on tribal land.

Brett Stimac, 40, has been charged with federal misdemeanor offenses of wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Native American lands after he shot the bear dead on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

According to U.S. Attorney of Minnesota Erica MacDonald, Stimac "knowingly and without authorization or permission" entered the reservation with the purpose of killing the large bear near a garbage dump.

He used a compound bow to kill the bear on Sept. 2, later posing for photographs with the carcass that he shared to Facebook.

"Because of the bear’s large size, Stimac was unable to move the bear from the Reservation, and instead removed the bear’s head and paws, and harvested a small portion of the meat," the U.S. Attorney's Office said. "Stimac left the remainder of the carcass on the reservation."

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa consider the black bear of spiritual importance, and do not allow non-Indians to hunt them on reservation land.

Stimac has a history of illegal hunting, having been convicted in the past of illegally transporting big game, hunting deer over bait, and hunting without a proper license, per the Star Tribune.

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