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Rock County sheriff warns of loggers illegally cutting walnut trees after incident

BRODHEAD, WI (WTAQ) - A sheriff in southern Wisconsin says loggers have been illegally cutting down trees on other people's land, to take advantage of the high price of walnut wood.  

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden tells the Wisconsin State Journal that property owners confronted loggers near Brodhead earlier this month. The loggers reportedly assumed they were on land owned by a neighbor who hired them.  

Brian Knudson said logging thieves cut down up to 20 trees owned by him and a neighbor -- and when confronted, they offered $1,000 a tree for him to stay quiet and not call 911.  

Knudson then realized what he had, saying it had to be a quality tree for the loggers to offer that much money on the spot.

Actually, the offer could have been a low ball. The DNR said a 16 foot quality tree that's 26 inches in diameter can fetch up to $3,000 for the walnut inside.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)