ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who stars in a television show called “The Bear Whisperer” has been charged with unlawfully killing a black bear in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park and lying about the location where he was killed. United States
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who stars in a television show called “The Bear Whisperer” has been charged with unlawfully killing a black bear in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park and lying about the location where he was killed.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor charges last Friday against Harvey Neil Anthony of Maine and Nature Productions Inc. Anthony goes by the name Blaine Anthony on the television series he also produces, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
An online court records system did not show a lawyer listed for Anthony. There was no immediate response to an email seeking comment sent to Nature Productions Inc. Thursday by The Associated Press. The charging documents state that Anthony is the company’s sole shareholder.
Hunting is prohibited in the park, which sits on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula. Black bears, brown bears, mountain goats, and moose are some of the park’s wildlife.
Prosecutors alleged that Anthony and Nature Productions Inc. used footage from hunting trips in 2015 and 2017 in episodes of the show, “including footage of two black bears killed in Kenai Fjords National Park” .
The charges relate to a 2017 incident in which prosecutors allege Anthony shot and killed a black bear inside the park. Charging documents say he falsely stated where the bear was killed.
The documents indicate that Anthony participated in at least eight black bear hunting trips on and around the Kenai Peninsula between 2011 and 2019 and was accompanied on the trips by a film crew on a boat operated by a person identified only as a resident of Alaska.
A virtual arraignment hearing is scheduled for next month.
The Anchorage Daily News reported that “The Bear Whisperer” first aired in 2011 and is a hunting show that focuses on Anthony’s interactions with animals. A website for the show said it was “under construction”.
The Associated Press