Zeeland man charged with killing bear that was with cubs

Posted at 11:34 AM, Oct 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-14 12:03:23-04

OCEANA COUNTY, Mich. –A Zeeland man is facing charges after allegedly shooting a black bear in front of her cubs in Oceana County.

Derek Allen Hassevoort is facing a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully taking the animal, according to court documents.

If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and the loss of hunting privileges for 3 years plus the remainder of the year he is convicted.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, Hassevoort had a license to hunt bear, but it’s illegal to kill a mother bear that is in the company of her cubs.

The bear was killed Sept. 23 in Colfax Township.