An NHL player is in trouble with the law after hunting and killing a grizzly bear a few years ago.
Cynthia Mann with the Conservation Service’s Major Investigations Unit says defenseman Clayton Stoner, who was playing for the Minnesota Wild at the time, and allegedly didn’t have the proper license, and hunted out of season.
He didn’t meet residency requirements because he lived in the states during the hockey season.
“Our investigation had concluded that Mr. Stoner allegedly failed to meet the residency requirements under the Wildlife Act.”
A picture of Stoner with the dead grizzly sparked outrage among First Nations groups- who want an outright ban on trophy hunting.
Stoner defended his actions, maintaining he got a license through the annual lottery.
Mann says Stoner faces five separate charges under the wildlife act related to residency requirements for hunters. He’ll be next in court October 9th.