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Hunting in Mississippi: 4 Animals Designated Nongame, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 11:06 AM

With its fertile delta and abundance of quality hunting grounds, Mississippi attracts a variety of species to its interior and coastal regions, so it’s crucial hunters are aware of which animals are fair game and which are off-limits when making preparations for hunting in Mississippi.

According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
there are at least 80 species and subspecies listed as endangered.

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Here are four animals found in Mississippi that are either nongame, endangered, threatened or protected species to steer clear of when hunting in Mississippi:

1. Black Bear (Endangered)
Two types of black bears have been documented in Mississippi: the American black bear and the Louisiana black bear. These bears range in weight from 120-400 pounds typically, and they have been on the endangered list for Mississippi since 1984.

Landowners have expressed concerns about the presence of black bears on their land restricting their land usage, but as the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks explains, “No critical habitat (i.e., a specific habitat deemed necessary for the survival of the species) was ever designated.”

2. Myotis (Endangered)
Two types of bats fall under the endangered category in Mississippi. These include the gray bat and Indiana bat. The Indiana bat is actually federally protected and was the first species to be listed as endangered in the U.S. back in 1967.

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3. Manatee (Endangered)
Manatees are another federally protected animal that have been spotted more and more often in Mississippi in recent years. A 2014 report revealed that for the previous six years, manatee sightings have increased to about 16 per year, and most of these manatees were spotted in tidal rivers like Pascagoula and Jordan. Marine scientists advise boaters to stay at least 100 feet away and report all manatee sightings.

4. Bald Eagle
As our national emblem, bald eagles are protected through two means: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Hunters and landowners may come across nesting bald eagles in the winter and spring, typically from December to mid-May.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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