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Question to the public. Has Troy Gentry Paid For His Mistake?

We at VARC are curious how citizens feel about the following story.  We look forward to your feedback. Do you think Troy Gentry has shown remorse for his actions or do you think as a hunter he will simply do this again?

Troy Gentry illegally and unethically killed a pet cub bear in a canned hunt in Minnesota in 2004. According to CMT news: “Greenly and Gentry allegedly tagged the bear with a Minnesota hunting license and registered the animal with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as if it had been killed in the wild. The animal’s hide was subsequently shipped to a taxidermist in Kentucky for mounting.” SHARK (Showing Animals Respect & Kindness) writes “Troy Gentry, of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, pled guilty to a crime resulting from the horrendous slaughter of a tame bear inside a one-acre electrified enclosure.”  “In 2004, Gentry bought a tame cub named “Cubby” from Lee Marvin Greenly, the owner of “Minnesota Wildlife Connection,” where people can photograph wild animals that have been domesticated.  He paid Greenly $4, 650.00 and then filmed himself shooting an arrow into the poor animal, all the while pretending the bear was wild and even dangerous.”

“In the video, Gentry claims with glee that he shot Cubby in the lungs.  While this brought Gentry much pleasure, as his glowing smile attests to, the reality is that when an animal is shot in the lungs they literally drown in their own blood.” Watch the video here:

SHARK waged and won a three-year battle (including a victorious lawsuit) against the US Fish and Wildlife Service that forced the federal government to turn over the videotape of  Gentry’s canned hunt killing.

Troy Gentry writes a statement which is posted on the Montgomery Gentry website: saying the following: 

November 8, 2010

Four years ago I was charged for illegally tagging and
taking the hide of a black bear across state lines. For that, I paid a $15,000 dollar fine, served a period of probation and gave up my rights to hunt or fish in the state of Minnesota for 5 years.  At that time I apologized for the crime that I committed but failed to apologize to the public for the unethical way the bear was taken.There’s no one who feels as bad about this as I do.  I have beaten myself up about this over the years.  I made a mistake, a bad decision and it has been an embarrassment to both me and my family.  I have learned my lesson and have paid a huge price personally and professionally.  Since this happened, I know in my heart that I am a
different and better person.I am not proud of what I did and I am truly sorry.-Troy Gentry

Global Wildlife Warriors are requesting that citizens write to the Merritt Mountain Musical Festival organizers asking that Troy Gentry be removed from the line up of performers.  Please write to the organizers with the contact details below if you feel Troy Gentry’s actions should keep him out of the Music Festival.

CONTACT:  Tel:(250) 378-0965  Email:

Activist’s Sample Letter:

Dear Organizers of Merritt Festival,
I am contacting you to bring a crime to your attention, committed by Troy Gentry, the country singer performing
at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. The public is outraged that this person has been given this opportunity and I am asking you to cancel his performance due to his disturbing action of illegally killing a precious and tame bear cub in an example of “canned hunting.” There are you tube video’s showing how he mercilessly killed a cub with bow and arrow shot through the lungs where he died an agonizing death:

I believe this will bring negative attention to the celebration of the musical entertainers at this festival.

Thank you,

Sincerely, Name, Country


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