Jewel's Brother Atz Lee Kilcher Charged with Illegally Hunting Black Bear in Alaska for His Family's Reality Show
Atz Lee Kilcher and his wife have been charged for illegally using a helicopter to hunt a black bear in Alaska
Looks like Jewel’s little brother is in hot water.
Atz Lee Kilcher, the little brother of singer/songwriter Jewel, is facing charges for illegally using a helicopter to hunt a black bear in Alaska for his family’s reality TV show Alaska: The Last Frontier, aired on the Discovery Channel, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters tells PEOPLE.
Kilcher, along with his wife Cristina and the production company, Wilma TV, each have been charged with misdemeanor unlawful methods to take game with a helicopter, Peters said. Kilcher and his wife were not arrested, she added, they were charged and given a summons to appear in court.
The charges, filed on July 14 in Homer court, stem from a hunt that occurred “on or about” Sept. 19, 2014 near Homer, she said. Sources told the Alaska Dispatch News that no one involved in the hunt or in the production crew contacted troopers ahead of time to notify them of the hunt.
According to state law, it is illegal to use a helicopter in any manner when hunting game. This includes transporting game, hunters or hunting gear.
Peters said it was one of the show’s former employees that tipped off authorities about the illegal hunt. While it is unclear whether the hunt was successful, Peters said a trooper saw footage of the act and an investigation was launched.
Court documents state that the production company “facilitated transportation” for the Kilchers who “subsequently participated in a bear hunt” as part of the show, the Dispatch reports.
The couple will be arraigned in Homer court on Tuesday, court records state. An arraignment date for the company has not been posted.
The show follows the extended Kilcher family, homesteaders who battle Alaska’s harsh winters without plumbing and modern heating. The family relies mainly on hunting for meat.
The show’s fifth season will air in late 2015.