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TV producer fined, filmed in forest without permit

Published On: Jan 15 2014 02:10:34 PM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

The producer of the cable television show "Wardens" has been fined $1,500 and ordered to forfeit footage he shot on U.S. Forest Service lands in Montana last summer without a permit.
    
Mitch Petrie pleaded guilty Tuesday.
    
Petrie says his company began shooting without a permit because they had applied for one and "everybody on the forest knew what we were doing, that it was OK to film."
    
However, he said a Forest Service law enforcement officer ran into a videographer and began an investigation when he learned they did not have a permit. Forest officials declined comment.
    
Court records say the Forest Service rejected a June 19 permit application after learning Minnesota-based Muddy Boot Productions had already been filming on forest lands.
    
The show chronicles the lives of conservation officers.