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Merrill man caught in bear poaching sting


MADISON (WAOW) - A Merrill man is among four hunters convicted of bear poaching following an undercover investigation that began in 2009, federal and state wildlife officials said Thursday.

Michael Renken, 53, was convicted of a misdemeanor count related to illegally killing and trafficking black bears in Wisconsin, federal authorities said.

Investigators say Renken's bear license was used to tag a bear that was shot by another hunter during an illegally guided hunt in September 2011.

He was sentenced to two years probation, his hunting and trapping privileges were revoked for five years and he was ordered to pay $3,000 to the state Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation funds, authorities said.

Redkin's attorney, Henry Schultz of Crandon, was not immediately available. There was no telephone listing for Redkin in Merrill.

Other hunters convicted in the sting were from Gillett, Green Bay and Mint Hill, N.C., authorities said.

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