Man pleads guilty to harassing bear hunters

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A Petersburg man who kept a hunter from shooting a black bear has pleaded guilty to harassment.

Alaska State Troopers say 48-year-old Scott Newman changed his plea last month to a case stemming from late last spring.

According to a summons issued in the case, Newman on May 25 was 30 miles south of Ketchikan at Smeaton Bay and scared off two hunters about to kill a black bear.

Trooper say Newman told the hunters to leave and that he didn't want them back in the area.

Newman was fined $500, ordered to pay restitution of $650 for the cost of the hunt and placed on probation for one year.