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UFC's Brock Lesnar settles hunting charges

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UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at the UFC 121 pre-fight press conference at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. (Oct. 20, 2010) Credit: Getty

MEDICINE HAT, Alberta - MEDICINE HAT, Alberta -- Former UFC heavyweight champion and professional wrestler Brock Lesnar has resolved hunting charges against him in Canada.

Lesnar pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to affix a tag to a mule deer he had shot on a filmed hunt in Alberta in November 2010.

Ramona Robins, the chief crown prosecutor for Medicine Hat, Alberta, says she withdrew charges of spoilage and illegal possession of wildlife. Lesnar's guide still faces charges.

Robins says Lesnar paid a fine of 1,500 Canadian dollars, which is about $1,450. Lesnar, who lives in Alexandria, Minn., also is suspended from hunting in Alberta for six months.

In a statement released by his agent, Lesnar says he is glad to put the matter behind him.

Lesnar next fights Dec. 30 against Alistair Overeem in Las Vegas.

In an article on the 2010 hunt by Alberta's Professional Outfitter Magazine, Lesnar was described as needing medical attention for a severe arm injury after the deer's antlers punctured his biceps as he packed the head.

A video shot by North American Hunter Television showed Lesnar shooting a mule deer buck at the bottom of a steep coulee under heavy snow cover, as his guide stood nearby.

"I'm very happy with him. Nice, old, mature mule deer," Lesnar said in the video after shooting the buck. "Now the work begins."

Lesnar is then seen with a ruck sack packing what he describes as nearly 150 pounds of meat. The clip didn't show any other parts of the animal being harvested.

"Baddest man on the planet. With the horns and about 150 pounds of meat on my back for about 500 feet, living the dream -- this is what I live for," Lesnar said at the end of the video.

The director of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society said it's unethical to leave edible meat in the field.

"Wasted game is a very serious crime in the minds of hunters because most everybody is hunting for meat at the outset," said Owen Voaklander. "It's sort of paying reverence to the animal that they harvested and you're not wasting."

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