Mississippi Hunter Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Hunting Violations

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OXFORD, Miss. – In response to my column the other day mentioning the National Geographic show “Wild Justice,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forwarded this release about a Mississippi man found guilty of illegal hunting.

Pass Taylor Jr., 78, of Sidon, Mississippi, pleaded guilty on December 3 to five counts out of 30 wildlife violations he was charged with, including the illegal placement of bait on a commercial dove field, providing commercially guided duck hunts on Matthews Brake National Wildlife Refuge and aiding and abetting other hunters in the taking of ducks in excess of the daily bag limit during a commercially guided duck hunt.

Taylor was placed on probation for 18 months, banned from hunting for 18 months or from entering any federal Wildlife Refuge or Preserve for five years. He was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $5,000 in restitution to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

“We take our mission working with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the citizens of Mississippi in conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats very seriously, investigating those who choose to violate state and federal laws,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Luis Santiago. “They undermine the proud tradition of fair chase for all hunters.”

The case was investigated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, the National Wildlife Refuge Division of Law Enforcement and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Mims.

Felicia C. Adams, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Luis Santiago and Steve Adcock, chief of Law Enforcement for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced the plea deal. U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders in Aberdeen, Mississippi heard the plea.

© 2012, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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