Theresa Vail, former Miss Kansas, allegedly shot Alaska grizzly bear illegally

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Beauty queen ‘illegally killed grizzly bear’ while filming for her own TV show.

“This May, during an Alaskan guided bear hunt, I unintentionally harvested a second bear while attempting a follow up shot,” Vail said in a statement. “I then followed poor advice and allowed the second bear to be improperly tagged. In this Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 photo, Miss Kansas Theresa Vail takes part in the swimsuit competition during the first night of the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, N.J. (The Press of Atlantic City, Edward Lea | AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former beauty queen who hosts an Outdoor Channel adventure show illegally shot an Alaska grizzly bear and conspired to cover up the violation, according to charges filed in a rural state court. Theresa Vail, 25, of Wichita, Kansas, the star of “Limitless with Theresa Vail,” is charged with killing a grizzly bear in May without possessing a state bear tag for the animal.

Prosecutor Aaron Peterson in a criminal complaint said Vail signed and backdated a big-game tag record to make it appear she had purchased the tag before shooting the bear. Tom Caraccioli, director of communications for the Outdoor Sportsman Group networks, said the Outdoor Channel is committed to legal and ethical hunting.

She added, “I fully believe that teaching a woman how to use a gun is the best thing you can do for her and for her confidence and her personal empowerment. In June, Theresa Vail and the Limitless production team alerted the authorities of the situation.” Vail made headlines in September 2013 by becoming the first Miss America contestant to show off her tattoos. The hunt never aired on Outdoor Channel.” The channel describes the show as “the compelling story of a young, grass roots, red-blooded, all-American woman who is on a mission to overcome stereotypes, break barriers, and use her life story as a platform to help transform people’s opinions of all the things a woman should, could and can be.” Vail is a former Miss Kansas, a member of the Army National Guard and an “ambassador” for Bass Pro Shops, Franchi Shotguns, and the National Rifle Association, according to her biography on the show.

Vail was on a hunt May 19 to May 27 arranged with Renfro’s business, Renfro’s Alaska Adventures, south of Holy Cross, Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said in an email. Dixon, host of another Sportsman Channel show, “The Syndicate,” pleaded guilty last month to poaching at remote Noatak National Preserve in northwest Alaska. Attorney Steven Skrocki said the investigation uncovered an extensive illegal outfitting enterprise that operated undetected for years and that hunts were edited to appear legal for Dixon’s TV show.

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