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Bonners Ferry Man Charged With Killing Grizzly

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Jeremy M. Hill, 33, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, has been charged by the United States Attorney's Office for killing a grizzly bear, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

The information filed today in United States District Court alleges that on May 8, 2011, Hill shot and killed a grizzly bear that was on his property in Bonners Ferry.

The grizzly bear is classified as a threatened species in the Lower 48 states, according to the Endangered Species Act of 1975, and protected by federal law.

The charge of killing a threatened species is punishable by up to one year in prison, a maximum fine of $50,000, and up to one year of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An information is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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