Ryan C. Murphy, 32, of Brandon, pled guilty on August 14, 2013 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 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 and his bow confiscated.
The case was investigated by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. MDWFP’s Col. Steve Adcock, Chief of Law Enforcement, 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”.