Meridian Star

September 13, 2013

Brandon man pleads guilty to killing black bear

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     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, Mississippi. 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 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.

    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 the website or call (601) 432-2199.