Former Wildlife Officer Convicted of Illegal Hunting

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A former Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks conservation officer and his brother have been found guilty of violating federal wildlife conservation laws.

The U.S. attorney's office said Andy Elchos and brother, Ted Elchos, illegally hunted ducks with the aid of bait, killed teal in excess of the limit and killed several ducks out of season.

Prosecutors say the brothers killed a total of 35 ducks in one day over bait at a time when the law allowed only four teal to be taken.

U.S. Magistrate James Sumner ordered Andy Elchos to serve 30 days in federal prison and ordered each of the brothers to pay a $3,000 fine and to serve two years of probation. Both also lost all hunting privileges for two years.

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