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Montana man fined $400 after recording grizzly bear chase in pickup truck

By Ben Hooper
Montana man fined $400 after recording grizzly bear chase in pickup truck
A grizzly bear flees from a pickup truck driven by Lawrence Lane Kennedy near Browning, Mont. Screenshot/Daily Mail

BROWNING, Mont., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Montana man was issued a $400 fine after posting a video to social media showing him using his pickup truck to chase a grizzly bear.

Lawrence Lane Kennedy of Browning was charged with a violation of the Endangered Species Act after a video he posted to Facebook showed him driving his pickup truck March 19 and chasing a grizzly bear on the Rumney Ranch, located north of Browning.

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Kennedy initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, arguing he was merely trying to keep the grizzly bear away from a nearby herd of cattle. He said the chase never exceeded 10 mph.

Kennedy said he posted the video of the chase, which he said lasted for about 90 seconds, to warn other residents about a bear in the area.

Kennedy struck a plea agreement with federal prosecutors July 5 and was issued a $400 fine with a $25 processing fee for unlawfully harassing a threatened species.

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