According to a police report, Pantzlaff initially lied to a conservation warden about how a bear was killed, saying it fell out of a tree and a fellow hunter with the appropriate license shot the bear.
After being asked to explain the hunt in detail, Pantzlaff admitted that the fellow hunter’s son illegally shot the bear and that Pantzlaff also illegally shot the bear in the mouth while it was flopping on the ground.
DNR Chief Warden Randy Stark said Pantzlaff was charged with hunting with an improper license because he wasn’t authorized to fire a gun at the bear, though he did have the license to participate in the hunt. He was fined $320.
Pantzlaff, who had displayed the bear’s skull in his vehicle, didn’t respond to requests for comment.