Southeast Iowa man gets probation in Alaska bear case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Fairfield man to three years of probation for violations of the transport and display of a grizzly bear he killed in Alaska.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says U.S. District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced 35-year-old Brenton J. Clark to probation following his June 16 guilty plea to charges he violated a federal law banning the trafficking of illegally killed wildlife.

Clark acknowledged killing a bear in Alaska and transporting it for display at his Jefferson County, Iowa, hunting lodge without meeting Alaska requirements. He also admitted to encouraging witnesses not to disclose information to authorities after learning he was under investigation.

The probation conditions include a $2,000 fine, 120 days of home confinement, community service and restrictions on possessing firearms or hunting and fishing.

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