OCEANA COUNTY, Mich. — A Zeeland man has pleaded guilty to shooting a black bear in front of her cubs.
Derek Allen Hassevoort pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking the animal, according to Oceana County District Court Officials. He was ordered to spend 5 days in jail and pay $1,500 in restitution.
Hassevoort will also lose hunting privileges for 3 years plus the rest of this year, court officials said. The bear was killed Sept. 23 in Colfax Township.
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.