Great falls, mont. (ap) - Five members of a northern montana hutterite colony and the colony itself have pleaded guilty and were sentenced in a case involving the september 2012 deaths of two grizzly bears.
The great falls tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/14tlozp ) u.s. Magistrate judge keith strong ordered sam and daryl kleinsasser along with jonathan, ike and tom waldner and the colony to pay just over $19,000 in restitution.
Also thursday, strong ordered the pondera hutterite colony to pay a $20,000 fine for two counts of misdemeanor possession of an endangered species. Daryl kleinsasser was fined $2,000 for the two counts while the others were fined $1,000 each.
The men were not charged with killing the bears. They said the bears died of exhaustion as they chased them out of a corn field and they buried the carcasses.