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Hunter convicted of illegal wolf kill in Grand Teton National Park

For The Win logo For The Win 2/7/2019 Pete Thomas

a wolf in the snow: File Photo © File Photo File Photo A Wyoming hunter has been fined $5,040 and had his hunting privileges suspended for killing a wolf inside Grand Teton National Park.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide identified the hunter as Brian Taylor, 56, a local guide who was accompanied by his 55-year-old wife.

Taylor pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 in federal court to unlawful take of wildlife in what investigators determined was a case in which Taylor was not aware that he had ventured inside the park, where hunting is not allowed.

"The individuals were very cooperative during the investigation, and we believe there was no conscious intent to hunt within the national park," Chief Ranger Michael Nash said in a news release issued Monday.

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Taylor, whose wolf-hunting privileges were revoked for one year, also received one year of unsupervised probation. Charges against his wife were dismissed.

The young, uncolored female gray wolf was shot in late December, on the last day of hunting season, about a half-mile inside the park's eastern boundary.

a wolf that is looking at the camera: File Photo © File Photo File Photo

On Jan. 1, rangers discovered blood and other evidence suggesting illegal hunting activity near Spread Creek. The blood trail led rangers to an area where the wolf was believed to have been killed.

The News and Guide reported that the hunters had trudged through deep snow, perhaps explaining how they had unknowingly entered the park.

The wolf carcass was checked in with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, as required. That helped park rangers connect the illegal wolf kill to Taylor and his wife.

While they might have thought they were outside the park, the news release stated, it's the responsibility of all hunters know where boundary lines exist.

-Generic gray wolf images courtesy of the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service

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