Mississippi man pleads guilty to illegal baiting

By The Associated Press

ABERDEEN — A Belzoni, Miss., man has been fined $6,000 for illegal baiting.

U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams says Spencer H. Barrett pleaded guilty this week to illegally baiting a field to kill migratory birds.

U.S. Magistrate David A. Sanders ordered Barrett to pay a $6,000 fine and barred Barrett from hunting for a period of one year beginning May 15.

Adams says the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits hunting migratory game birds on or over a baited area and the area remains off limits to hunting for 10 days after all salt, grain, or other feed has been completely removed.

The criminal charge of illegal baiting carries a maximum penalty of one year and/or a $100,000 fine; the criminal charge of over-hunting carries a maximum six months and/or a $15,000 fine.