On Tuesday, Brock Lesnar’s (Pictured) attorney appeared in a Medicine Hat, Alberta court in Canada and plead guilty on his client’s behalf to improper tagging of an animal during a hunting trip in November 2010.
The former UFC heavyweight champ was fined $1,725 and issued a six-month hunting suspension.
“In Alberta, Americans can’t hunt without a licensed outfitter,” Lesnar expressed in a statement obtained by 5thRound.com. “The outfitter is there to make sure you follow the rules. I had two deer tags for the trip which meant I could legally shoot two deer. On the first day of the trip, I shot a mule deer. On the second day, I shot a white tail. After I shot the mule deer, I failed to immediately tag it.
“Now it’s resolved. I paid my fine today. It’s the kind of thing that happens to hunters all the time. I want to thank the Canadian authorities for their cooperation in resolving this misunderstanding. I love Canada and I can’t wait to go back to Alberta for a hunt.”
Canadian wildlife officials originally accused Lesnar of shooting a mule deer buck but only keeping the head as a trophy. The 34-year-old, along with a hired guide, were each charged with three counts; improper tagging, leaving meat to rot and illegal possession of wildlife.
As part of his plea agreement, the latter two charges against Lesnar were dropped.
The director of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society claims it is unethical to leave edible meat in the field.
“I understood I couldn’t bring deer meat home with me across the border even if I wanted to, so I trusted the outfitter to properly handle it,” Lesnar added. “They are professionals and I understand it was handled appropriately.”
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