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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tras Gustav Karlsson Berg Jailed for Threatening to Shoot Senator Over Wolf Legislation

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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Readers might recall the angry wolf man who threatened to kill a California senator for not taking enough action to protect the carnivorous beasts from being dropped off the list of endangered species.

Tras Gustav Karlsson Berg, a registered sex offender and active environmentalist, struck a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to assault and threat of a senator in exchange for only four months in jail, which he was sentenced to last week.

Berg, 35, was apparently very upset and concerned that Republicans in Congress wanted to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act, saying the population has recovered sufficiently.

But Berg disagreed, obviously. So he did what any civic-minded constituent would do: He wrote his senator a letter, but not one to be proud of. He sent the following e-mail:

"I'm going to shoot you with a high-powered rifle and bomb your house

with poison gas the way wolf hunters do if you don't do everything you

can to oppose legislation that would eliminate Endangered Species Act

protections for wolves across the country RIGHT F- NOW!"

Now, authorities wouldn't say whether he sent the message to Sen. Barbara Boxer or Dianne Feinstein; however, Boxer is chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, where she opposed the bill.

Investigators later learned that Berg had sent the e-mail to both senators, according to media outlets.

Berg has apparently been living in a bunker since 9/11, because his defense was that he didn't think the government would take his threats seriously.

His lawyers say he is "deeply regretful."

And not just because the legislation passed.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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