Midwest Region


October 12, 2011

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Wisconsin Bear Guide Charged with Lacey Act Violations

Black bear cub. Photo by Courtney Celley
Black bear cub. Photo by Courtney Celley

James L. Santelle, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that John J. Kellogg has been charged by complaint with two violations of the Lacey Act, 16 United States Code, Sections 3372(a)(2) and (4) and 3373(d)(1)(B).

Count One alleges that between Sept. 8, 2009 and Sept. 11, 2009, Kellogg illegally arranged for the transfer of a bear license to another in violation of Wisconsin law. Kellogg then provided guide services to others during which a bear was killed and illegally tagged. Kellogg facilitated the out of state transfer of meat from the bear to an undercover officer participating in the hunt. Count Two alleges that between Sept. 4, 2011 and Sept. 9, 2011, Kellogg again arranged for the illegal transfer of a bear hunt tag to another in violation of Wisconsin law. Despite having his hunting privileges revoked, Kellogg guided others on a bear hunt on Sept. 9, 2011 during which he shot and killed a bear. The bear was illegally tagged. Kellogg then directed an undercover officer to transport the bear for processing of the bear meat and the creation of a bear rug.

Kellogg appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Sickel on Oct. 5, 2011. He was released upon signing a personal recognizance bond with conditions including that he not hunt or engage in guide services. He scheduled to appear before Judge Sickel on Oct. 19, 2011 for a preliminary hearing.

The Lacey Act is a federal law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or sell wildlife taken in violation of state, federal, tribal and foreign laws or regulations. The Act defines the sale of wildlife to include the sale of guiding services for the illegal taking of wildlife.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Roach of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Green Bay Division.

The public is cautioned that the charges outlined in a complaint against an individual and does not constitute evidence of his or her guilt. A person is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, as the government establishes his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

For Additional Information Contact:
Assistant United States Attorney William Roach, 920-884-1066
Public Information Officer Elizabeth Makowski, 414-297-1700

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