KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak was fined after pleading guilty to a noncriminal charge for shooting a brown bear out of season.
According to the Kodiak Daily Mirror, Mark Morin was fined $310 after authorities say he accidentally shot the bear while attempting to scare it away during an elk hunting trip in September.
Morin was said to have expressed remorse for the action, which he called an unfortunate accident.
Morin said that he fired a warning shot that didn't faze the bears, so he fired a again. A third shot struck a cub, killing it.