HELENA, Mont. – A Montana ranch hand has been fined after authorities say he posted a video on social media of him chasing a grizzly bear in a pickup truck.
The Helena Independent Record newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2aCX8p5 ) that Lawrence Kennedy of Browning was fined $400 after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
Kennedy initially pleaded not guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act but switched his plea under the deal July 5. He was charged with unlawfully harassing a threatened species.
Federal officials investigated Kennedy after he posted a Facebook video in March showing him driving a truck as a bear ran across an open field on a ranch.
Kennedy told the newspaper in March that he was chasing the bear to keep it away from a herd of cows.
Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com