2 Fined For Baiting Black Bears In Western Md.

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland man and a hunter from Baltimore County have been fined up to $500 each for using corn and molasses to lure bears for hunting.

Natural Resources Police Sgt. Art Windemuth says farmer Lee Brenneman of Accident was fined $450 Thursday for using an attractant during the black bear season in October.

Brenneman also must pay $1,000 in restitution to a fund that helps buy equipment for Maryland conservation officers.

Donald Gutermuth of Baldwin paid a $500 fine last week for hunting bear with the aid of bait on Brenneman’s land.

Police say Gutermuth paid Brenneman $850 for a hunting package that included lodging. They say they arrested him on opening day before he could shoot a bear.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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