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Friday, August 30, 2013

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

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 Act.

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 these resources".

For more information regarding black bears in Mississippi, visit our website at or call us at (601) 432-2199. 

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