Four men convicted in federal court of trafficking black bears

CREATED Jan 29, 2013

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Four men were convicted Tuesday to trafficking of black bears that were illegally killed in Wisconsin.

The men were identified as John J. Kellogg, 48 of Gillett, Christopher Halfmann. 41 of Green Bay, Michael Renken, 53 of Merrill, and Mark Barlament, 53 of Mint Hill, North Carolina. 

"Kellogg, Barlament, and Halfmann arranged for the transfer of Barlament’s Class A bear license (allowing for the shooting and tagging of a bear) to an undercover officer, in violation of Wisconsin law," according to the US Attorney. "Kellogg, Halfmann, and others then provided guide services which resulted in a bear being illegally killed and tagged. Kellogg facilitated the transfer to an undercover officer in another state of meat from the bear as well as a rug made from the bear hide."

The men pleaded to their crimes and were given various sentences and fines.