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Judge finds man not guilty in wild pig case


PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has found a former Gays Mills elk farm owner not guilty of allegations he turned wild pigs loose in Wisconsin.

  Judge Michael Kirchman says witnesses in the case weren't credible enough to support the allegations against 55-year-old Robert S. Johnson of San Marcos, Texas.

  State investigators had accused Johnson of bringing 31 wild hogs from Texas to Crawford County in 2002 and starting a wild-pig population that has cost farmers thousands of dollars in crop damage.

  But one witness had recanted his initial statement that he saw Johnson release the pigs near the Kickapoo River.

  Then Friday, Johnson's attorney Mark Peterson got Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden Mike Cross to testify he investigated reports of a wild pig jumping a fence and breeding a sow six or seven years ago.

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