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Minnesota man admits killing 500-pound bear out of season in his backyard


January 6, 2023

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The bear's skull, recovered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

A central Minnesota man who shot and killed a trophy-sized bear out of season behind his home has been sentenced to probation and stripped of his hunting privileges for three years in the state and throughout much of the country.

Michael J. Thielen, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Morrison County District Court to taking and possessing big game out of season - a gross misdemeanor - after killing the bear on July 28, 2021, in his backyard about 5 miles east of Little Falls on Hwy. 27.

Besides serving two years of probation, Thielen was ordered to pay $800 in restitution and $685 in fines and fees.


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