BELFAST — A Master Maine Guide and state prison guard has been convicted of animal cruelty for tethering a bobcat and allowing his dogs to kill it.

Randall Carl of Knox was convicted Monday in Waldo County Superior Court after an hour of jury deliberations.

Prosecutors say the 46-year-old Carl tethered the bobcat to a pole with a rope wrapped around its neck. He let the bobcat out of the cage and hunting dogs attacked and killed it. The February 2009 episode was captured on video.

Prosecutor Eric Walker says the so-called training exercise was offensive to hunters.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Carl’s attorney called it an accident.

Carl was sentenced to 15 months in prison with all but 10 days suspended. He was also fined more than $1,300.