Poaching in the Past of Bear Attack Victim

By KBJR News 1

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM CST

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- According to a Superior Police report from 2010, Charlie Lehman was stopped by DNR officials with an untagged doe in the bed of his work truck.

This happened after an anonymous caller tipped off authorities that Lehman was poaching deer at Connors Point in Wisconsin with a bow and arrow.

After police stopped and searched Lehman's truck they found a bow and quiver with one arrow missing; Lehman denied all claims saying he was target practicing, even though the arrows had broad tips that are meant for hunting.

DNR officials followed him after the stop and observed going back to Conner's Point to pick up the deer.

He was then arrested and charged with having on untagged deer in his vehicle.

Superior police say that if the case of the bear mauling turns out to be poaching, he could be charged with more than a basic hunting infraction.

"This is a statute in the state of Wisconsin for obstructing an officer. That includes lying to a police officer who is doing their official work. So questioning someone about an incident and the lying to an officer is obstructing an officer." said Superior Police Officer Matt Markon.

Now according to DNR officials, Lehman has admitted to previous poaching offenses.

His hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges were revoked for three years after being caught poaching last year.

DNR officials say the investigation should be wrapped up at the end of this week.

DNR officials say Charlie Lehman and his girlfriend, Tiffany Mallow, who claims to have shot the bear, haven't been cooperating with authorities which has slowed the investigation.

Written for the web by: Zach Vavricka
zvavricka@northlandsnewscenter.com

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