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Wisconsin men fined for illegal Alaska bear hunting

Associated Press

Last update: May 31, 2007 7:25 AM

MILWAUKEE A federal magistrate fined two Wisconsin hunters Wednesday for illegally hunting bear in Alaska. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan ordered Gerald Thull of West Bend to pay $15,000 in fines and Thomas Bahr of Random Lake $5,000. He also ordered them to pay a total of $2,600 in restitution to the state of Alaska.

Thull and Bahr pleaded guilty to moving illegally taken wildlife between states. Thull also pleaded guilty to unlawfully purchasing guide services.

Saalsaa pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy to move the bears illegally and unlawfully selling guide services, said Todd Mikolop, special assistant U.S. attorney in Anchorage.

Thull and Bahr also had to forfeit their rifles used in the hunt, a bear's skull and two full-mounted bears.

 

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