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
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killed a bear himself, though his hunting privileges had been revoked in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
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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