Feds drop charge of bear-baiting against photographer

Posted: Friday, October 23, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The bearbaiting charge filed against a Soldotna photographer has been dropped.

An assistant U.S. attorney said the facts of the case did not add up to an offense, and a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the charge against Jim Oltersdorf.

He had been accused of baiting without a permit in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge while filming bears for the History Channel's "MonsterQuest" show.

The Anchorage Daily News reports he hung scraps over a scale to weigh bears and catch them on camera for an episode titled "Giant Bear Attack" that aired in September 2008.

His lawyer said it wasn't bearbaiting because no one was hunting.

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