A ranch hand from Montana has been fined after posting a video on Facebook of him and a friend chasing a grizzly bear off his property in a pickup truck.
According to the Helena Independent Record newspaper, Lawrence Kennedy of Browning, Montana, was fined $400 after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
At first, Kennedy pleaded not guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act, however he switched his plea under the deal struck on July 5.
This is a screenshot of the video which got the Montana ranch hand investigated by federal officials.
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Kennedy was charged with unlawfully harassing a threatened species.
He was investigated by federal officials after sharing a video on Facebook in March, which showed him driving a truck as a bear ran across an open field on a ranch.
Kennedy told the Helena Independent Record in March that he was chasing the bear to keep it away from a cow herd.
The charging documents reveal that Kennedy told investigators the chase lasted approximately 90 seconds.
Lawrence Kennedy (pictured) was fined $400 after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
The grizzly was not hurt in the incident, however investigators felt it justified animal cruelty.
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