TV producer fined, filmed in forest without permit
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.
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