Man who fed bears fined but gets no jail time

Posted: Friday, April 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who admitted illegally feeding bears at his remote cabin has been fined $20,000.

Judge John Wolfe on Thursday handed 71-year-old Charlie Vandergaw no jail time, but gave him a large fine and placed him on three years probation.

The Anchorage Daily News says Vandergaw, a retired Anchorage school teacher, pleaded guilty to eight charges of illegally feeding game.

Vandergaw says he has coexisted with black and grizzly bears at his remote Yentna River cabin for 20 years. He was charged last year with illegally feeding game.

Prosecutors wanted a much larger fine - one they said would divest him of money made in filming a documentary about his life with the bears.



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