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Brainerd man gets 15 months in prison for poaching black bear on Red Lake Reservation

Brett Stimac pleaded guilty last September to killing the giant bear on the Red Lake Reservation in 2019


Brett Stimac of Brainerd, Minn., posted this photo of himself on social media after killing a giant black bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in 2019. He was sentenced in federal court Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to 15 months in prison for poaching the bear. (Contributed photo)

ST. PAUL - A Brainerd, Minn., man will spend 15 months in prison after illegally killing a huge black bear on the Red Lake Reservation in 2019.

Brett Stimac, 41, was sentenced Wednesday, June 9, in federal court in St. Paul. He also was sentenced to a year of supervised release after his prison time and a $9,500 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Stimac pleaded guilty in September to misdemeanor charges of wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian land. Prosecutors said Stimac killed the bear, estimated at 700 pounds - nearly triple the average size of a Minnesota black bear - with a compound bow near the reservation's garbage dump.


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