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Former Wisconsin elk farmer guilty in federal court

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- A Texas man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally moving elk between Wisconsin and Illinois.

  Federal officials say 55-year-old Robert Johnson moved elk from a farm he owned near Gays Mills to Ogle County, Illinois, in 2005 without testing them for diseases including chronic wasting disease.

  Johnson faces up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines when he's sentenced in February.

  Wisconsin prosecutors accused Johnson of introducing wild pigs to Crawford County earlier this year, but a judge found him not guilty in October.

  A message left for Johnson's attorney, listed in online court records as Robert Wilt of Rockford, wasn't immediately returned.

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