The Investigation over Wild Pigs

Posted Sunday, October 19, 2008 --- 12:20 p.m.

SENECA, Wis. (AP) --- Investigators think they know who brought wild pigs into Crawford County, and they want him to pay.

According to court documents, investigators believe former Gays Mills elk farmer Robert Johnson trapped 31 wild pigs in Texas and released them near the Kickapoo River in 2002. They want $31,000 in forfeitures — $1,000 for each pig — and unspecified money for environmental damage the pigs caused.

One of Johnson's acquaintances gave wardens a statement saying Johnson wanted to establish a pig population for hunters around his ranch and he was angry at the state Department of Natural Resources. The friend didn't elaborate and recanted his statement days after he gave it.

Johnson and his attorney haven't returned messages. But a witness list says Johnson plans to testify he had nothing to do with the pigs. Court proceedings resume Friday in Prairie Du Chien.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

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