GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A big-game hunter who legally killed a 7-foot polar bear more than a decade ago in Canada ran afoul of U.S. authorities after using a boat to ferry the trophy to Michigan.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Rodger DeVries of Ottawa County's Georgetown Township faces sentencing Sept. 8 on a misdemeanor of knowingly and unlawfully using a U.S. port or harbor to import polar bear parts without obtaining a permit.
Court records show he pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.
Defense lawyer Terry Tobias described DeVries as an "avid hunter" who has acknowledged his mistake in not getting proper permission from the U.S.
The bear was killed in November 2000 and mounted by a taxidermist. It was brought to the U.S. in 2007.