Thursday, January 12, 2012
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Suspect Confesses to Killing Black Bear in Amite County
JACKSON - On December 19, 2011, the Mississippi Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks received an anonymous phone call
that a bear had been killed in the Busy Corner Community of Amite
County. In a joint effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service,
MDWFP was able to identify the shooter and obtain the bear, which
had been previously tagged.
MDWFP investigating officers, Jimmy Hutson and Don McDaniel,
from the MDWFP Law Enforcement Bureau, and officials from the US
Fish and Wildlife Service worked diligently to identify the
suspect. John Wayne Baxter, 37 years old from the Busy Corner
Community, signed a confession and will now face charges in Federal
The bear that was illegally killed in Amite County was
originally captured and tagged in December of 2010 in Coastal
Louisiana by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The bear was 30-40 pounds and extremely malnourished at the time of
capture so it was decided to send the bear to the Appalachian Bear
Rescue recovery facility. After four months of rehabilitation, the
healthy 104-pound bear was returned to Louisiana in April 2011 and
was released at the Red River Wildlife Management Area, just across
the Mississippi River from Wilkinson County.
"The loss of this bear is a setback to all those who have worked
so hard to protect a resource that was once on the verge of
extinction in Mississippi due to this same type of senseless act,"
said Brad Young, MDWFP Black Bear Program Leader.
For more information regarding black bears in Mississippi,
please visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or feel
free to give us a call at (601) 432-2199.
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