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Star of TV show ‘The Bear Whisperer’ killed bear in Alaska national park, feds say

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For a decade Blaine Anthony showed eager television watchers how to hunt bears.

In his reality show, “The Bear Whisperer,” Anthony travels North America searching for bears to show how to conserve them.

On Friday, May 6, however, he and a production company were accused of illegally killing a black bear in an Alaska national park, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. The Daily Beast first obtained the complaint.

In May 2017, Harvey Neil Anthony, who goes by Blaine Anthony in the show, traveled to Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, according to the complaint.

The park is home to hundreds of bears, according to the National Park Service. Both brown and black bears roam the area, and they usually leave people alone. Hunting is banned in the park.

While Anthony was visiting the national park, officials said he shot and killed a black bear, which is a violation of the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act was enacted in 1900 and bans the trafficking of fish, wildlife or plants that are illegally killed in the U.S.

Anthony and Nature Productions did not respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said there was video footage taken for the television show that shows Anthony hunting the bears, according to the complaint. The dead bear was then taken on a boat to Homer, Alaska, officials said.

Shortly after, officials said Anthony filed a false statement with the state indicating that the black bear was killed in an area about 20 miles from the national park where hunting is allowed.

“At the time of executing the false sealing certificate, (Anthony) intended the black bear to be transported to Maine after taxidermy work had been completed, and the bear was transported from Alaska to Maine,” officials said in the complaint.

Anthony and Nature Productions face two charges of the violation of the Lacey Act. He is scheduled to appear in a virtual arraignment hearing in June, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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