LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – A man has been charged with baiting and killing a bear. 42-year-old Michael J. Thielen was charged in Morrison County District Court with three gross misdemeanors and three misdemeanors.
Court records say authorities interviewed Thielen and he admitted to baiting the bear with bird seed and donuts and killing it the night of July 28, 2021.
Authorities say Thielen took 60 to 70 lbs. of meat from the bear and left the skull outside for insects. He bought a bear hunting license a few weeks later in an attempt to hide the out-of-season hunt.
Charges include using artificial lights to hunt, wanton waste of an animal, hunting out of season, hunting bear without a license, and baiting the bear.