Former La Crosse Police officer avoids jail time in federal hunting case

MADISON, Wis. — A former La Crosse Police officer is sentenced for illegally hunting ducks on the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge.

Faling Yang, 42, pleaded guilty in March to violating the Lacey Act, which protects animals and wildlife from illegal hunting.

As part of a plea deal, Yang will avoid jail time, pay a $5,000 fine and cannot hunt, or be a hunting guide for two years.

Prosecutors say Yang and another La Crosse Police officer, Corrie Korn, ran a hunting guide company on the refuge in 2009 and 2010.

Undercover federal agents, working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunted with Yang and Korn, who killed ducks October 6, 2009.

Both men were put on administrative leave by La Crosse Police. Yang resigned voluntarily. It’s not clear if Korn is still with La Crosse Police.

The federal judge said¬† Yang’s resignation showed he accepted the serious nature of his conduct, and that Yang did not need to serve time in prison, or probation.

Korn’s sentencing was moved to a later date Wednesday at his attorney’s request.