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Couple Fined For Buying, Possessing Bear Parts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The owners of a Chinese restaurant in Helena have been fined nearly $5,000 for buying and possessing black bears and bear parts, including a bucket of 12 bear paws found at the restaurant.
    
The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/1bWmEfn) David Hong and his wife Heng "Susan" Huang pleaded guilty Monday to 13 wildlife charges. Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley fined them $9,600, suspended $4,620, and prohibited them from hunting for six years.
    
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Sgt. Dave Loewen says the couple came to the agency's attention after someone overheard them asking customers at their New Hunan restaurant if they were hunters and if they would sell them bear gallbladders.
    
Huang's attorney says she injured her hip and wanted the gallbladders for medicinal use. They didn't explain the purpose of the bear paws.

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