Socrates, I think the key is in this part of the article:
"The government alleges that Gentry and Greenly tagged the bear with a Minnesota hunting license and registered the animal with the state Department of Natural Resources as a wild kill."
That sounds like Minnesota is picky about wild kills, somehow or another. Might even be a law against having a "pet" or "tame" bear.
So, yeah, waiting for "true facts" is always good, but I doubt the press is (so far) any kind of bad guy in this particular deal.
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