A Pennsylvania hunter has been fined nearly $7,000 after attracting a bear with a trail of doughnuts.
Charles Olsen, 39, who has been nicknamed the 'Pastry Poacher', was found guilty of violating game laws after he lured the creature with the sweet treats and illegally shot it.
He first attracted the attention of a Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer when he was spotted driving his truck, which was loaded with pastries, on a highway just one week before the start of bear season.
Charles Olsen was fined after luring the bear with doughnuts and then shooting it
The wildlife officer then reported Mr Olsen's truck license number to bear check stations.
Officer Cory Bentzoni is quoted as saying: 'Being that we were so close to bear season, seeing that person drive by with an unusual amount of pastries was like watching an individual go down a row of parked vehicles testing each handle to see if it would open.
'Something just didn't seem right.'
Mr Olsen, from Wilkes-Barre was arrested after he attempted to register the 707lb bear.
The creature would have been the biggest killed during Luzerne County's three-day bear hunting season if it had been shot legally.
Mr Olsen's fines totalled $6,800, plus court costs. He is also facing the loss of his hunting privileges for three years.
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