Florida Man Breaks Many Laws to Kill Trophy Brown Bear
First a Florida man steals his friend's identity to illegally kill a brown bear, then he complains because it wasn't big enough! Jack Vincent Dickerson, 35, used his friend's name to purchase a bear tag and hunting license in Alaska. Dickerson was not eligible to go bear hunting in Game Management Unit 9 on the Alaska Peninsula because he had already hunted a bear in that area and wouldn't be eligible for that area again until 2012. Instead he used his friend's name to get a bear hunting license and go on a guided hunt through Cabela's Outdoor Adventures. Dickerson shot and killed a large brown bear in GMU 9.
He went back to his Florida home, where he received the skull and pelt. He had the pelt turned into a rug through a Florida taxidermist. Then Dickerson complained to Cabela's Outdoor Adventures because he wanted a 10 ft brown bear, and he complained about the quality of the hunt. To get out of paying for the hunt he told his credit card company that someone else had charged it.
Dickerson shot and killed the bear in October 2009. The case finally ended Thursday with Dickerson pleading guilty. His fines are $50,000 for one felony count of violating the Lacey Act and felony identity theft. He must also pay $15,150 in restitution to Cabela's Inc. and $1,300 in restitution to the state of Alaska, the U.S. Attorney's office says. Dickerson will also be losing his .416 Ruger hunting rifle, and the bear rug from the trophy brown bear he killed illegally. From Anchorage Daily News.