Friday, August 30, 2013
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Brandon Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Black Bear
JACKSON - On August 14, 2013, Ryan C. Murphy, 32, of Brandon
pled guilty in U.S. District Court to killing a Louisiana Black
Bear, a federally protected animal under the Endangered Species
Murphy killed the Louisiana Black Bear while bow hunting on
November 16, 2012, in Issaquena County. Murphy was
immediately sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball to a
fine of $10,000. He was also ordered to pay $10,000 in
restitution to the State of Mississippi and $5,000 to the BEaR
Group of Mississippi, a non-profit organization dedicated to black
bear conservation, research, and education efforts in Mississippi.
Murphy was placed on two years' probation and prohibited from
hunting worldwide for a period of two years. His bow was
forfeited as part of his sentence.
This case was investigated by the Mississippi Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service. MDWFP Chief of Law Enforcement, Col. Steve
Adcock said, "We take robbing the wildlife resources of Mississippi
very seriously and will investigate and vigorously pursue the
prosecution of any individual who violates laws designed to protect
For more information regarding black bears in Mississippi, visit
our website at www.mdwfp.com/bear or
call us at (601) 432-2199.
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