Anaheim Ducks' Clayton Stoner accused of illegally killing bear named Cheeky

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A day before the Anaheim Ducks open training camp, the team has learned one of their defensemen is facing criminal charges, accused of illegally killing a bear in Canada two years ago. (KABC)

A day before the Anaheim Ducks open training camp, the team has learned one of their defensemen is facing criminal charges, accused of illegally killing a bear in Canada two years ago.

Clayton Stoner is facing several charges including hunting without a license, hunting out of season and unlawful possession of a dead wildlife animal.

The charges come after photos surfaced showing him holding parts of a dead grizzly bear. The animal was known to locals, who called him Cheeky.

Stoner has never denied the hunt and said he had the necessary permits and licenses.

Stoner's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 9, one day before the Ducks' season opener.

So far, the team has no comment on the charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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