Hunter gets 15 months in jail for beheading a 700lb black bear for a trophy on Native American land
- Brett Stimac posed with the bear’s carcass in the Red Lake Indian Reservation
- He pleaded guilty to charges of pet trafficking and trespassing on Indian land
- Prosecutors allege he poached the black bear with a compound bow
- It is then said that he decapitated the bear and took from his carcass what he could
- But orphan claims he didn’t kill the bear and just found his body
- Those who are not members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians are not allowed to hunt bears as they have spiritual significance to the Band
- He was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $9,500
A hunter has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after beheading a 700-pound black bear while entering indigenous lands.
Brett Stimac, of Brainerd, Minnesota, posed with photos of the carcass on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in 2019.
Stimac, 41, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge to 15 months in prison, along with a year of supervised release. He was also fined $9,500.
Brett Stimac, of Brainerd, Minnesota, posed with photos of the carcass on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in 2019 and posted the photo to his Facebook (pictured)
In September 2020, Stimac pleaded guilty to a felony for animal trafficking and trespassing on Indian land.
However, his attorney argues that only half of the federal government’s story is true, saying that his client originally lied about killing the bear and that he was already dead when Stimac found him.
Prosecutors said Stimac killed the bear with a compound bow near the reservation dump, and later returned to remove the bear’s head as a trophy, along with other parts of its body.
Those who are not members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians are not allowed to hunt bears on the reserve’s land.
Bears are a clan animal and have great spiritual significance to the band, and Stimac is not a registered member of the tribe.
Authorities accused Stimac of killing the bear on September 1, 2019 and returned to the reservation with his girlfriend.
There he is said to have taken pictures of the bear’s carcass and posted the photos on Facebook, along with a message that the bears weighed more than 700 pounds.
Because of his size, he couldn’t move the bear. He went back to the sanctuary on September 3 and attempted to remove the bear’s skin.
Those who are not members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians are not allowed to hunt bears on the land of the reserve (pictured)
When he didn’t, he used a saw to remove the bear’s head and legs, and took about 71 pounds of meat, the court documents… seen by CBS Minnesota – alleging, on the charge that he left behind the carcass and at least one leg.
According to the Duluth News TribuneStimac has a long criminal history in the state of Minnesota, including illegal transportation of big game in 2008.
The Tribune found that he also had convictions for criminal property damage in 2014, possession of a firearms offense in 2011, stolen property in 2009 and 2000, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in 2008, and disorderly conduct in 1999.