Shooting a federally protected Louisiana black bear in Issaquena County is costing a Brandon man $25,000.
Ryan C. Murphy, 32, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Jackson today to killing the animal protected under the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis said in a news release.
Murphy killed the Louisiana black bear while bow hunting on November 16, 2012. He was sentenced immediately after his guilty plea 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 Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the restoration of black bears in Mississippi.
Murphy was placed on two years of 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 and the United States Federal Fish and Wildlife Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca.