Nashville (AP) -- Country Singer Troy Gentry said he deeply regrets improperly tagging a captive bear as being killed in the wild.
Gentry, of the hit duo Montgomery Gentry, pleaded guilty this week in Minnesota to a misdemeanor charge for shooting a bear, named "cubby," in a private enclosure in 2004.
Gentry said he relied on experts for guidance and he said the ordeal made it appear that he didn't have respect for the law.
Under a plea announced Monday, the 39-year-old singer agreed to pay a $15,000 fine and give up hunting, fishing and trapping in Minnesota for five years.
Gentry said he tagged the animal without realizing the seriousness of his actions.
Montgomery Gentry's hits include "My Town," "Hell Yeah" and "Something to Be Proud Of."
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