Mississippi Black Bear Poacher Issued a Citation

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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks conservation officers recently issued a citation for the illegal killing of a black bear in Coahoma County. The male bear weighed 230 pounds and was approximately five years old.

Black bears are a protected species in the state of Mississippi and killing a black bear is a Class I violation. If convicted, a Class I violation carries a $2,000-5,000 fine and a loss of hunting privileges for no less than one year. The bear was confiscated by MDWFP conservation officers and transported to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

Mississippi has a growing population of black bears, with approximately 120 bears throughout the state. For more information about the MDWFP Black Bear Program visit www.mdwfp.com/bear.