December 15, 2011
Lesnar charged for alleged hunting shenanigans
By BILL KAUFMANN, QMI Agency
Following a recent hunting trip to eastern Alberta, ultimate fighting superstar Brock Lesnar is grappling with a foe in an entirely different ring.
Charges related to the improper handling of hunted game were read out against the sometime UFC and WWE champ in Medicine Hat Provincial Court Thursday.
The burly fighter failed to properly tag at least one of two animals his party had shot — a white tail and a mule deer, said Darcy Whiteside, spokesman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
“They shot an animal and didn’t tag it,” said Whiteside.
His guide and Albertan Chad Stryker, who was allegedly accompanying the celebrity, is also charged with the offences - unlawful possession of wildlife, abandon/wastage of the edible flesh of big game, and after killing wildlife, failure to immediately affix tag.
The alleged offences occurred over several days in mid November on a grazing reserve near Manyberries.
"In plain language, it would be considered poaching," said Whiteside.
Neither men appeared in court Thursday.
Lesnar’s well-known in hunting circles for stalking deer in Alberta.
The mixed martial arts and wrestling expert is a three-time WWE champ and took the UFC heavyweight title in 2008.
It’s not the first time Lesnar’s gone from hunter to prey during a game-bagging trip to Canada.
While bow-hunting white tail deer 100 km west of Brandon with his brother Chad in 2009, Lesnar was struck with diverticulitis, or an inflamed, infected colon.
He ripped the care he received at a Brandon hospital as “third world ... I had to get out of there.”
After four days in Brandon hospital, he was driven by his wife to Bismark, N.D. where he received continued medical care.
He was sidelined briefly by the condition but resumed his bouts with the UFC last May.
It was then that Lesnar again fell ill to diverticulitis, underwent surgery and in August declared his intention to return to the UFC.