February 5, 2015

From ABC2News.com

Larry Eugene Harding and Wallace A. Harward were sentenced Wednesday and ordered to pay a fine and restitution totaling $8,000 and $5,000, respectively, after pleading guilty to violating Maryland black bear hunting regulations.

In addition, Magistrate Judge Sullivan sentenced Harding and Harward to five years of probation and ordered each to perform 25 hours of community service for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. During their probation, Harding and Harward are precluded from any guiding activity involving commercial hunting, and are precluded from personally hunting for three years.

During the course of an undercover investigation by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, law enforcement discovered that Harding and Harward were using bait to attract bears to locations where hunters – who had paid Harding and Harward to be guided in their pursuit of the bear – could more easily kill one of the animals.

Because Maryland is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, Harding and Harward are also barred from hunting or guiding in 44 other states in the U.S. during the term of their suspensions. In addition, Harward’s Maryland waterfowl outfitters license will be immediately revoked and he will be prohibited from renewing during the term of his license suspension.

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