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On November 27, 2006, Gentry pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely tagging a pet bear as if it had been killed in the wild. It had actually been killed in a one-acre enclosed pen surrounded by an electric fence. Under the plea agreement, he agreed to pay a $15,000 fine, give up hunting, fishing and trapping in Minnesota for 5 years, and forfeit both the stuffed bear and the bow used to shoot the animal in 2004. A statement has been put up on the official Montgomery Gentry website. Troy Gentry quotes, “I did participate in improperly tagging the animal I shot, without realizing the seriousness of what I was doing. For that, I am truly sorry.”

The indictment stated that Lee Greenly, owner of the Minnesota Wildlife Connection in Sandstone, sold the tame bear to Gentry for approximately $4,650 to avoid paying for dental work the bear needed badly. The tame bear was one of several tame animals housed by Greenly for use in his wildlife photography business. Following the sale, Gentry killed the tame bear, named Cubby, with a bow and arrow while the animal was enclosed in a pen on Greenly's property. Cubby's death was videotaped, and federal prosecutors charged that the tape was later edited for Gentry to depict himself as killing the animal in a normal hunting situation.

Animal rights groups and individuals were outraged at Gentry's brutal killing of Cubby. SHARK, an Illinois based animal rights group, sued the U.S. Government to obtain a copy of the tape of Gentry's killing of the tame bear. In 2010, SHARK won their lawsuit and obtained the videotape of Gentry killing Cubby, the tame bear. That video is widely circulating on YouTube and other websites.

 


www.SHARKonline.org

On Monday the animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) released footage on YouTube of country music star Troy Gentry killing a bear with a bow and arrow in 2006. But far from enhancing his status as a brave hunter, the video seeks to portray Gentry as anything but.

Gentry, who is half of the country group Montgomery Gentry, had originally claimed to have hunted the bear in the wild, but in 2006 pleaded guilty to falsely registering the kill, The Associated Press reported.

In fact, it turns out that the bear, named Cubby, was largely tame and lived at Minnesota Wildlife Connection, a facility that houses various animals for access to what it calls wildlife photographers. Cubby was one of the animals that budding photographers paid money to come take pictures of, seemingly in the wild.

But court records show that after Cubby developed dental problems, his owner, Lee Marvin Greenly, decided to allow Gentry to come to Minnesota Wildlife Connection to conduct a mock hunt of the animal. Here is SHARK's video, much of which was obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request.

 

 


Mr Lee Greenly

 Facts About Mr. Greenly

Cubby was a tame black bear who was used in photo shoots throughout his life until he developed tooth problems. Deciding it would be too expensive to fix Cubby’s teeth, his owner, Lee Marvin Greenly (who was charged with two felonies in this case and also served no jail time), sold him to Troy Gentry. Gentry then killed Cubby while he was in a small enclosure.

The bear was killed in October 2004 at the 80-acre Minnesota Wildlife Connection. Owner Lee Marvin Greenly sold the bear for $4,650 and orchestrated the hunt, which Gentry videotaped and edited to make it appear the bear had been killed in a fair chase hunt, according to authorities.

Lee Marvin Greenly, 46, Gentry's local hunting guide, pleaded guilty at the same hearing to two felony charges of helping other hunters shoot bears at illegal baiting stations he maintained inside a national wildlife refuge near Sandstone in east-central Minnesota.

Greenly faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for each count, forfeiture of all-terrain vehicles he and employees used to reach the bait stations, and a maximum fine of $400,000.

"Lee and I made a deal about harvesting this bear," Gentry testified. They also agreed to report it was killed in the wild 6 miles east of Sandstone instead of on Greenly's property south of the town.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ordered a pre-sentence investigation for both Gentry and Greenly and told them to appear for sentencing at a date to be announced later, or risk an additional charge.

On March 14, 2007, Lee Marvin Greenly was voted in as animal control officer for the city of Askov Minnesota. Animal Officer: deputy clerk Connie Ecklund informed the council of the findings of cost and procedures with Lee Greenly; he captures any thing from bears to skunks, retrieving cost is $40-$50 includes put-down and disposal, dart gun use $200 and Greenly usually finds a home for the animals retrieved. Deputy clerk Connie Ecklund stated that he will go by our standards if we wish and we can formulate a contract. Motion made by Maloney, seconded by Weulander to allow Lee Greenly to be our Animal Officer. Motion carried 4-0.


March 16, 2005

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS, PETITIONS OR COMPLAINTS
Johnson raised the issue of animal control on weekends. Griffith responded that there are several animal control people to be contracted. When questioned about dealing with feral cats he stated that Lee Greenly has trapped and disposed of nuisance animals in the past.


May 4, 2005

Petition for removal of wild cats
The City has received a petition from the residents of Johnson’s trailer park to contract with Lee Greenly to trap and dispose of wild cats in that area.

Gafkjen questioned whether the City should bear the financial burden for live trapping of these cats. Johnson suggested that the trailer park establish some rules regarding the number of cats an individual resident may own and the control of those animals.

Griffith pointed out that while this is a problem in the trailer park, it also is a city issue which impacts the health and safety of city residents. He also suggested that if the trapping were to be undertaken, the residents would have to be notified to restrict their pets to the indoors during the trapping period.

Motion Gafkjen, second Johnson to authorize permission for Lee Greenly to live trap for wild cats at Johnson’s trailer park with the fee to be paid to be negotiated. Motion carried 5-0.


Minutes of the Askov City Council
January 20, 2010

Impound and Pound Fees & Animal Control Officer Pay - as per annual agreement with Lee Greenly

Lee Marvin Greenly, owner of Minnesota Wildlife Connection, has been involved in a number of incidents where animals ended up injured or dead for ghastly reasons and, in some cases, humans were put in danger, too. A captive wolf in Minnesota had to be euthanized after it was allowed to approach a young girl and bit her. The wolf was owned by Lee Greenly of the Minnesota Wildlife Connection, a business that sells photographing opportunities. Paying customers have the opportunity to take pictures of wildlife in a naturalistic setting and can pay an additional fee to be photographed with animals like bear, cougar and wolves.

A four-year-old girl from northern Minnesota is recovering tonight after her family says a wolf knocked her to the ground and bit her. This wasn’t a wild wolf, though. It’s domestic, owned by a man who lets people get up close to wildlife for a living.

Four-year-old Johnna Kenowski, known to her family as Johnny Mae, is normally all giggles and smiles. But if you take a closer look at her face, you’ll see what she calls her “owies” — a scab on her nose, a cut above her eyebrow, and a big scratch on her arm.

Johnny Mae’s aunt, Maja Dockal, says she and the girl were walking in Banning State Park near Sandstone Tuesday, when they came across a group photographing a domestic gray wolf and three cubs. Dockal says all of a sudden the adult wolf came up to Johnny Mae, then pushed her to the ground and bit her on the head.

A man named Lee Greenly owns the wolves and was able to get the wolf off the girl. Greenly owns Minnesota Wildlife Connection.

Here's a video of the little girl...
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February 20, 2009

Linda Ziegler says she let her 5-year-old dachshund, Jenny, outside just before noon last Thursday. Ziegler was standing on her front steps when two timber wolves appeared. “The minute they spotted her, well that was the end,” said Linda. “They went right after her and they killed her. And they were carrying her around the yard and there was no one around anywhere. So I was under the impression that these two were wild.” The wolves belong to the Minnesota Wildlife Connection. Founder Lee Greenly says the business provided the animals for a photo shoot near the Ziegler’s property when the wolves wandered a little too far.


Lee Greenly & Minnesota Wildlife Connection

Click Here

Lee Greenly
1894 Old Military Road
Sandstone, MN 55072
Or Call (320) 245-2017

(Please call after 4:00 pm CST)
FAX: 320-245-3105
Email: contact@minnesotawildlifeconnection.com


Demand Investigation of Minnesota Wildlife Connection

www.change.org/petitions/view/demand_investigation_of_minnesota_wildlife_connection

www.westinstenv.org/news/2010/10/22/domestic-wolf-injures-northern-minnesota-girl/

www.post-gazette.com/pg/06234/715240-42.stm

www.animals.change.org/blog/view/wolf_killed_after_staged_photography_session

www.utne.com/Wild-Green/Tame-Animals-Killed-in-Canned-Hunts.aspx

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Here is the actual minutes when greenly was voted as animal control and who voted
www.cityofaskov.com/marchminutes.html

Live trapping and disposal of cats

www.sandstone.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BFCC58CD3-7C5E-483A-818B-2A4D0CFD6074%7D&DE=%7BCA63F773-FD1E-4D24-98BD-A5970E0E407E%7D

www.sandstone.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BFCC58CD3-7C5E-483A-818B-2A4D0CFD6074%7D&DE=%7B853B03AF-C2A2-4D42-A136-F332CE8BF646%7D

What is the annual agreement with Lee Greenly for animal control officer?

www.cityofaskov.com/january2010minutes.htm


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Gentry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canned_hunt

http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/9525/MN/US/

http://www.cityofaskov.com/marchminutes.htm

www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000525

Contact Minnesota Wildlife Connection for Wildlife Photography
www.minnesotawildlifeconnection.com
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