A Meridian man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of obstructing a federal investigation into the killing of a protected Louisiana Black Bear in east Mississippi.
Federal prosecutors said in a news release 28-year-old Travis Butler arranged on January 4, 2014, for a taxidermist in Quitman to mount a Louisiana Black Bear illegally killed in Whynot community of Lauderdale County.
When a federal and state investigation began into the killing, Butler persuaded the taxidermist to conceal the Black Bear's hide.
Butler pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Jackson. He will be sentenced September 3.
He faces a maximum penalty of up to one year in prison under the Endangered Species Act and faces a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison for obstruction.
A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter
Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.
Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.