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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 11:11 am

SANDPOINT — The founder of Wolf People has been charged with a misdemeanor for failing to advise authorities that one of her animals had escaped last year.

Nancy Jean Taylor’s trial in Bonner County Magistrate Court is set for September. She is charged with failing to immediately report the escape of a captive wolf.

Taylor, a 67-year-old Cocolalla resident, is pleading not guilty to the charge, court records indicate.

Taylor was cited on June 15, several days shy of the one-year anniversary of the wolf’s disappearance.

Cryco, a 14-year-old arctic and timber wolf hybrid, dug out of its enclosure at a Wolf People facility. But the escape was never reported to the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, a requirement under state law.

The wolf was later spotted roaming the Hoodoo Valley, jangling the nerves of residents and fueling the debate over wolf management in the West.

Taylor told The Daily Bee last year that she did not report Cryco missing because she believed the animal would not survive in the wild. The wolf had been raised in captivity and had renal failure.

Nevertheless, Taylor and other handlers made repeated trips to the valley in an unsuccessful effort to lure the wolf back.

Cryco is still missing, according to Wolf People’s website. Taylor, meanwhile, is soliciting donations to help fund her defense in the criminal case.

Taylor said Cryco poses no threat to the public.

“He’s very sweet and loves people. That’s probably going to be his downfall,” Taylor said in October.

Wolf People was formed in 1993 to educate the public about wolves. Wolf People has 23 wolves and offers guided tours of its facilities.

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22 comments:

  • jmeckel posted at 11:53 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    jmeckel Posts: 17

    Even with IDFG released number we are at over 700 wolves in Idaho, but one of the top brass for IDFG admits the true number of wolves in our great state is closer to 1500. Check out the facts. As for people coming to see wolves in captivity, those wolves are NOT truly wild. That's why they are in captivity. Also those boycotting Idaho potatoes are usually ill informed people who support PETA, HSUS and DOW that actually harm more animals than they save.

     
  • Rationale posted at 5:14 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Rationale Posts: 1975

    Oh, and as for the people boycotting Idaho over wolf killing, that's because most of them are complete idiots from back east who have no clue what they are talking about. The others are mindless extremists who believe if you just leave everything alone, everything will be fine!

    Neither group has the brains God gave a turnip!

     
  • Rationale posted at 5:11 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Rationale Posts: 1975

    AnninIdaho,

    First, I am not a wolf hater. As I stated, I am intelligent enough to understand the need for wildlife management. You, obviously, are not. All you do is spew claptrap about cuddly wild animals. Here's a reality check: wild animals are wild!

    Perhaps if you actually understood anything about wildlife management, you'd have something to offer. But you don't, as is obvious in your question, "why would wild animals need managing?"

    Well, how about this fact: In the mid 1990's, IF&G decided to stop cougar hunts for a couple of years. Guess what happened? Their population exploded, and the cougar started coming out of the mountains and attacking livestock and horses! Nah, no need for management at all.

    The wolf is an apex predator...no natural enemies that hunt them.

    Humans are an apex predator...no natural enemies hunt them.

    Two apex predators...both hunt the same species. Human population, whether you like it or not, is expanding. And thus, wolves and humans will encounter each other more frequently.

    So, let's see, two apex predators meet...who's gonna win, Ann? Your choice: be intelligent, and understand that management is the key to the wolves thriving? Or have no rules and let the real apex predator wipe them out?

    Gee, since I like wolves, and actually understand the need for wildlife management, I'd like to see them around. So I support management.

    By the way, it's that same "useless" wildlife management that saved the bison from extinction!

     
  • AnninIdaho posted at 3:17 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    AnninIdaho Posts: 77

    For over 20 years, Wolf People has been educating the public about the true nature of wolves as opposed to the monstrous reputation they get from TV and movies.
    I know for a fact that people come from all over the WORLD to visit Wolf People! Just in the past two years, National Geographic, two Australian film crews, and two more American film crews have come to little Cocolalla, Idaho to film those beautiful , wonderful wolves. What have the wolf haters brought to their communities? Nothing but hate groups and the further soiling of Idaho's reputation, which is is damaging our economy. Do you have any idea how many people are boycotting Idaho potatoes , and anything else that comes from Idaho over Idaho's brutal wolf killing policies? Do you have any idea how many people are no longer visiting here because of it?

     
  • jmeckel posted at 3:16 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    jmeckel Posts: 17

    @ Ravensong2011 can you make any sense? You resort to name calling while never really saying anything. She let a wolf escape. She should be shut down and her permits pulled. She evidently didn't properly ensure that her fencing was adequate. She admitted that she DID NOT REPORT the wolf missing. She is guilty by her own admission.

     
  • AnninIdaho posted at 3:09 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    AnninIdaho Posts: 77

    Rationale: why on earth do you think Apex predators need "managing?" They have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to be what they are. Their prey dictates their numbers. A predator doesn't eat itself out of prey ; not in a natural setting. Even on Isle Royale, where there are just wolves and moose, and there has been for decades, the wolf and moose populations balance eachother out.
    If you wolf haters were correct , as soon as the wolves got onto the island, they would have eaten all the moose and then starved. Which is what you think they will do here , if us humans don't step in and "manage" it all. Ridiculous. How do you think they got along all those thousands of years without our interference?? We are lucky if we have 400-500 wolves left in this state. And thats hardly enough to fill their role here. When IDFG gets them down to 150 (or less) they will simply be a remnant, ineffective population.

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 3:35 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    Humans are overrunning and destroyin the planet--what "manahement" do you recommend?

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 3:34 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    Here is a report for trophy hunters and wolf killers:
    proof http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sItQl10s7k If hunters want to purchase your very o...

     
  • Rationale posted at 10:29 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Rationale Posts: 1975

    Only a complete idiot would believe you can introduce an apex predator and allow it unbridled freedom. A managed hunt is necessary to ensure the wolf will thrive for future generations.

    It's about management. And a controlled hunt is part of that management. For humans and wolves to coexist, there needs to be management.

    I like wolves, I don't hunt...but I am rational enough to understand that we need to manage them!

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 10:08 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    Stop the wolf hunt...Nancy Taylor is innocent. Free Idaho from its chains of hatred and ignorance.

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 10:06 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    Talk about a curse on Idaho, illiteracy is a big problem--as we can see, since after reading the article, you refer to Mrs. Nancy Taylor as Jean. Did you know Idaho loses major employers because when corporations try to relocate here, they cannot find enough educated people to hire? Do you think hating and killing and torturing wolves and other creatures is an act of intelligence? Wolf killers and animal trappers are serial killers, child molestors, wife beaters and rapists. They suffer from the medically-recognized SMS syndrome--yes, wolf killers are linked to SMS--Small Member Syndrome...it's apparently contagious...I'll bet you have it--does your wife have to tie a string to yours to find it?

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 9:54 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    Where can I donate a few IQ points to you, White Trash Spud.

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 9:53 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    She did report the lost and dying old wolf, you idiot.

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 9:52 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    Maybe it's time for Spuds too stupid to breed to move where they will be far away from wild things--try surviving in Alphabet City in New York, use your wits there.

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 9:50 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    You, inbred Spud, are the problem, not wolves or those who honor all life.

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 9:49 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission hates wolves, hates all wild things and is incapable of caring for America's wildlife. Instead, they and their minions attack and harass a woman who has been a valuable predator educator for many years. Nancy Taylor is targeted by these knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing bastards who spit on knowledge and science and proudly display their white trash ignorance. They despise scientists and animal ethologists and bow down to Butch Slaughter Otter, another ignoramous. It's time that the corruption reeking from Idaho is investigated by federal authorities. Nancy Taylor is being targeted because she educates people about the facts of real wolves. Those of you who have commented and demeaned her in this blog are clearly white trash morons yourselves. You are poor excuses for human beings and give a beautiful, wild state a nasty, vicious reputation. Wonder why so many campgrounds are empty this summer and many river guides out of work--it's because of wolf-hating trash like you--decent folks are boycotting Idaho. Leave Nancy alone, you bastards

     
  • Ravensong2011 posted at 9:43 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ravensong2011 Posts: 25

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission hates wolves, hates all wild things and is incapable of caring for America's wildlife. Instead, they and their minions attack and harass a woman who has been an invalauble predator educator for many years. Nancy Taylor is targeted by these knickle-dragging, mounth-breathing bastards who spit on knowledge and science and proudly display their white trash ignorance. They despise scientists and animal ethologists and bow down to Butch Slaughter Otter, another ignoramous. It's time that the corruption reeking from Idaho is investigated by federal authorities. Nancy Taylor is being targeted because she educates people about the facts of real wolves. Those of you who have commented and demeaned her in this blog are clearly white trash morons yourselves. You are poor excuses for human beings and give a beautiful, wild state a nasty, vicious reputation. Wonder why so many campgrounds are empty this summer and many river guides out of work--it's because of wolf-hating trash like you--decent folks are boycotting Idaho. Leave Nancy alone, you bastards.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:28 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    You guys warm my heart.....
    This is THE problem with the wolf lovers, on display.

     
  • local res posted at 7:07 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    All captive wolves should be counted toward the 150 number set by the feds.

     
  • jmeckel posted at 5:56 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    jmeckel Posts: 17

    She should be shut down, If she can't follow the rules then shut her down.

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 5:31 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    Were can I donate a nice lunch for the prosecutors.
    What an Ecological Nightmare this could create, Timberwolf cross wolfs in Idaho Great.

     
  • WilliamWMiller posted at 2:55 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    WilliamWMiller Posts: 106

    I would love to donate to Jean Taylor's case, what kind of soap on a rope would you like Jean? What a curse on North Idaho.

     
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