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Wisconsin state sturgeon biologist resigns following investigation

Posted at 6:48 PM, Jul 23, 2021

CHILTON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s former top sturgeon biologist has resigned after he was accused of lying to investigators looking into the illegal processing of sturgeon eggs into caviar.

Ryan Koenigs earlier pleaded no contest to resisting a conservation warden in Calumet County. He was fined $500 in court Thursday.

Koenigs resigned from the Department of Natural Resources Thursday morning, according to his attorney. According to a criminal complaint, Koenigs allegedly allowed a co-worker to take the sturgeon eggs from spearers and have them processed, then shared some of the caviar with DNR employees.

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