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Oconto Co. man charged with illegal bear hunts

October 12, 2011

From JSOnline.com

 By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

Oct. 12, 2011

An Oconto County man who has been the subject of a six year undercover investigation has been charged with illegaling (sic) hunting bear and transferring bear licenses, in violation of federal wildlife laws.

According to a federal criminal complaint, John J. Kellogg, 46, of Gillett, had developed a commercial enterprise related to illegal hunting of wildlife in Wisconsin, Michigan, Wyoming and Montana. State DNR officials sought assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service back in 2005 to begin an undercover investigation.

The complaint states that in September 2009 and September 2011 Kellogg arranged for the illegal transfer of Wisconsin bear hunt tags, and guided for other hunters. In 2011, the complaint charges, Kellogg killed a bear himself, though his hunting privileges had been revoked in in February 2011 for illegal deer hunting in 2009.

In both instances, state wildlife officers from Kentucky posed as "houndsmen" interested in buying dogs from Kellogg, and willing to hunt bear illegally in Wisconsin with Kellogg's help, according to court records. They paid $1,000 for bear tags belonging to other people, $400 and $500 to Kellogg for guiding services, and more for processing the kill into bear meat and rugs.

The 2009 hunt occurred in Oconto County, the 2011 hunt in Lincoln County.

Kellogg is free on a personal appearance bond, under the conditions he not hunt or guide for other hunters. A preliminary hearing for his case is set for Oct. 19.

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