5/16/2000 to 8/7/2015
Baci was the only son from Casper and Crystal, our alphas of 14 years. He was a beautiful pure white Ellesmere Island Arctic wolf who I raised from the day he was born. As a young cub, he was big, beautiful, strong, and very loving. For the first year of his life, he lived with his sister, Wapithe, and Hache Hi’. It was sad when we had to separate them at 1-1/2 years of age due to maturity and dominance issues.
His first mate was Kiwis’as and they stayed together for about 4 years. He never seemed totally happy with her so we put him with Mimi, and they fell in love after about a year. They went on to have Tikaani and then a litter of 7 babies. He was “grandpa” to many and very proud of his family.
I always referred to Baci as the “spokesman” for the pack. If someone came on the property that he did not approve of, he would let everyone know by letting out a noise that sounded like a growl/bark. He would not come up to that person and kept Mimi back as well. The pack followed his lead. I do believe that Baci and Hache still loved and respected one another and he was respected by the pack and us. He too was a leader and incredibly strong with his feelings and voicing them. I would tell our visitors that he was the sweetest male we had on the ranch, and everyone thought he was magnificently beautiful!
We have had an extremely hot summer and even with shade, wading pools, and the pens getting watered down, the wolves have had some difficulty dealing with the heat, especially the older wolves. Baci was no exception. The afternoon of the 6th, our wolf handler, Bill Ross, could not find Baci so he went looking for him and found him laying in a shady part of his enclosure. He could not get up but did not appear to be in any pain. I was in Seattle at the time visiting family and was shocked to hear this as he was fine before I left. I believe he had a stroke or heart attack. though we’ll never know why. Bill said his breathing was very labored, and I prayed that I would make it home in time to see him again. I didn’t make it……I didn’t get to say goodbye! Baci had lived a good full life. He was such an awesome creature, loved and respected by everyone. Letting him go would have been a lot easier had I been with him when he passed on. I spent time with him when I got home. He still looked so beautiful and stoic. A group of us laid him to rest in our graveyard and said good bye to a true leader and friend. He was one of my “special” wolves. The pack misses him, we miss him, Mimi is lost without him, but his strength and wisdom are with us.
Good bye my precious Baci .
- Nancy Taylor , Wolf People of Cocolalla
*Photo by Ashley Janssen Photography
By: Jan Longshore
A beautiful, sensitive, spirited wolf, named Hanta Yo, resides at Wolf People Facility. His name means “Clear the Way” in Lakota. He loves colorful clothing so people are warned to stay away from his enclosure, not to get too close to the fence. He has an extra-long, extra thin nose which allows him to better reach through the cyclone fencing.
Hanta is playful and his intent is only to have a new toy. Is it any different with some dogs? Playing tug of war with a rag or stealing a pillow or piece of clothing to turn into their own. Are they bad wolves or bad dogs…no. They are just doing what comes naturally.
Human error is usually the issue. Leave your pillow, shirt or blanket lying about or hold a rag up to a dog and some will try to claim it. Try to get too close to Hanta Yo with a colorful jacket or gloves and he’ll grab it and will clear the way, running away with it to play tug of war with his mate. The wolf handlers are respectful of Hanta Yo when they deal with him. No one wants to be left sitting on the ground naked while Hanta Yo races with gleeful abandonment around his enclosure with their clothing.
A few years ago, one lady didn’t listen to instructions and he grabbed her jacket. In doing so, he nipped her arm. Was he a villain? No! More a victim of the eagerness of the visitor. Wolf People have had only a couple of non-serious injuries to the multitude of visitors that have visited their wolves over the last 21 plus years. It’s amazing considering the number of dog bites that occurred during the same period. Both incidents were caused by human visitors not following the rules. If you visit the wolves at Wolf People, please follow the instructions so Hanta Yo and the pack continue to be known as gentle Ambassadors providing education as to the special qualities of wolves.
At this very special time of year, Wolf People celebrates Mothers everywhere. They hold that special place in the hearts of their offspring, if only for a second at the miracle of birth or throughout their lifetime.
Mothers come in all forms, shapes, sizes, both human and animal, even stand-in surrogate moms and including fathers that have taken on that second role due to life’s circumstances.
We celebrate all Mothers!
Nancy Taylor is Mother to her two wonderful children and is also a surrogate mom to 25 special 4 legged offspring in furry clothing. Nancy loves wolves and wanted to introduce the public to the special lifestyle and behavior of wolves, in an effort to foster a true understanding as to how similar their family unit is to humans. Through wolves, evolution gave us our canine friends and she believed through education she could alleviate fear of these animals so some would be allowed to survive in the wild.
When Nancy began her life long journey in raising and caring for wolves, she accepted the role of surrogate Mom to them and they do adore her, all of them. They trust her explicitly and demonstrate their affection for her whenever she is close. Many of the Wolf People wolves display love and affection for other humans that have been with them and cared for them like their Papa Wolfhandler Bill Ross but no one is Mama but Nancy. They have a very special bond with her.
It requires trust on the part of the wolves for handlers to be able to control and maintain these beautiful creatures and it’s a fragile emotion. These wolves are loved, nurtured and treated with the respect and the kindness due them. Many of the parents of her wolves are still at the facility and it’s a song of joy when they all howl out their happiness in unison.
A lot of cuddling or a quick scratch from Mama Wolf Nancy will bring much joy to her 4 legged babies. Come visit Nancy and her pack on a tour or you can see all of them on the Wolf People website.
Remembering that special birth to a special Mother so long ago that gives us this wonderful holiday of Christmas, we wish for all of you a glorious celebration.
© copyright 2014 Jan Longshore
The wolves at Wolf People are fortunate to have their human Wolf Papa William “Bill” Ross who cares for them and is there in an emergency.
Tikaani is a big, strong 5 year old Artic-Timber Cross Wolf. He was born at the Wolf People Facility and has an even temperament but isn’t always a cuddly fellow. After feeding on the 16th, Wolf Handler Bill checked all the wolves before he went to other chores and noticed Tikaani pawing inside his mouth. He was crying and obviously in pain and afraid. Bill knew he had a bone lodged in his mouth but he seemed to be breathing okay so he figured it wasn’t in his throat. Bill sent his helper away as Tikaani was becoming more agitated with someone new to the facility, watching his suffering. Wolves tend to be proud creatures. Bill then removed Tuffy, Tikaani’s mate, from the enclosure and went to Tikaani. While talking to him, Bill put his arm around Tikaani’s neck and his hand inside his mouth, finding a rib bone caught between his back molars. It wasn’t easy to remove the bone but Bill finally got it out and received a big sloppy ”thank you kiss” from Tikaani. Tikaani then eyed his bone and wanted it back. “Forget it!” Bill told Tikaani as he threw it over the fence.
Tikaani trusted Bill and Bill trusted that Tikaani would know he was helping him. If he hadn’t helped Tikaani, it would have been a difficult situation, for everyone but especially for Tikaani. They would have had to transport him or wait an unknown period of time for their mobile Vet while Tikaani was in pain; they would have had to control Tikaani’s obviously upset mate Tuffy; catch Tikaani, tranquilize him, remove the bone and reverse the tranquilizer which holds dangers for the animal, especially in cold weather.
Tikaani is running and playing with Tuffy today and has no ill effects. Bill chalks it up to another day at the wolf facility but we know he’s a hero. Real men don’t hurt wolves; they live with them! View “Join the Pack” to see Tikanni and Tuffy.
© copyright 2014 JL
One of the highlights in 2014 for Wolf People were the children from Pioneer School in Spokane and their teacher Chris Bachman.
These dedicated young students raised over $2,100.00 with the help of their parents through bake sales and donations to help defray the medical bills for Journey and Romeo.
If you come into the store, please view the picture and signatures of these kind and generous youngsters and the adults that assisted them.
We thank all involved for their help as Journey and Romeo are now doing very well. The kindness of these young students, their inspirational teacher Chris Bachman and their generous parents give us hope for the future!
A Time for Thanksgiving
November 2014 is truly a time for thanksgiving for Wolf People. As we gaze out over our twenty five beautiful prime wolves of all ages, colors and subspecies and hear them join together in song to greet the day or visitors when they arrive for a tour, we are truly grateful for their wellbeing and the many supporters and people that love them.
We are blessed to have all of our pups at 6 months be robust and growing into fine young lads and one lady. These gentle loving Ambassadors of good will continue to amuse and bring smiles to the faces of children, young and old alike. Perhaps they bring back the romance of other times when wolves and wildlife held a safer place in our society as they ran free in the wilderness. Or maybe it’s just the joy of being so close to such magnificent creatures and learning about their gentler family oriented society or watching their antics when visitors arrive to see them. Sometimes we aren’t sure which species is more excited, the wolves or humans.
We lost several of our wolves in the last couple of years and we grieved each and every one of them as they were all loving and had such different personalities. Some just succumbed to old age and we know since we have wolves between the ages of 14 to 16, they will also eventually return to their sky pack but for now they are happy and content to let us enjoy them. We had some misfortune with a couple of our favorites during this period but since Wolf Handler Bill Ross took over care for our pack, they thrive.
Our little Romeo and Journey are no longer little and we thank many people including the beautiful pack of children at Pioneer School in Spokane and their teacher, Chris Bachman, for raising money to help defray their medical costs. We also thank our wolves’ other human friends for their contributions, the Medical Personnel that are always there for them, their Animal Health Advisor and the companies that contribute the beautiful meats we are able to feed them. Journey’s eyes continue to require eye drops and he is most cooperative. Romeo will stay on a special diet for a few more months but when he returned to his Orthopedic Specialist to determine
if he needed any surgical intervention, his doctor declared Romeo healed, leaving him out of a job. We saw his growth plates and rejoiced at the news and with all of the extra attention, he does live up to his name of “Romeo.”
We also want to thank the dedicated people that offer extra help at the facility and dedicated others behind the scenes who help us such as Lil’ Wolf Girl Brianna, who has a gift of photography and a gift of a loving heart for our wolves, especially Romeo.
We have had such great responses in the healing of Romeo and Journey, we will eventually offer a section of animal health advice either on our website or in our upcoming newsletter. Our wolves have all been bred in captivity, most right at the facility, so they occasionally will show some of the same problems found in domestic dogs. We do keep on top of it and if necessary seek out any help we believe they might need. We want to pass on our experiences and hope you will enjoy what we have in store for you and find it useful.
Please come see us at Wolf People and visit our 25 beauties on our tours. We know there has been some negative press in social media generated by a couple of disgruntled terminated employees. An unfortunate situation but as a result of their own behavior they no longer enjoy the beauty we experience every day. The most wonderful reaction has been from supporters and friends of Wolf People who have responded with many calls and visits. And we have also made many new friends. Please visit and judge for yourself. There are 25 fur balls waiting to become your new friends.
May yours be a Thanksgiving to remember for all of the good things life has to offer and may your family be blessed!
Our little wolf pup, Journey, is now able to see the world with the rest of the pups. His eyes have been saved with cataract surgery.
Wolf People is very thankful to the clinic that saved Journey’s sight: Animal Eye Clinic of Spokane, Washington.
This is a short movie about Journey’s experience from beginning to end.
His surgery costed a total of $3,600. Please feel free to donate to this expense if you feel led to do so.
We appreciate and thank you for your continuous support.
- Wolf People
A separate nonprofit organization is being created that will benefit the wolves who are part of Wolf People as well as other Idaho wildlife. Wildlife Organization Learning Facility, Inc. (W.O.L.F.) is being formed with the goal of providing the public education and a learning experience about area wildlife. This will include education and the ecological purpose clarifying the importance of the wolfs’ role in our society. Wildlife Organization Learning Facility, Inc. has a board of directors who will oversee the functions of the organization. Our vision is to provide assistance to wolves and other wildlife in need and to cooperate with organizations who have similar goals in helping wildlife. We appreciate your support.
WOLF PEOPLE is now offering Internships at 3 month intervals to work with our wolf handler, Bill Ross, and with our pack of 25 wolves. The position is open to both men and women, students, or anyone wanting to learn more about wolves and have the experience of a lifetime.
Room and board is provided for the 3 months you are here. If you would like to work some hours in our retail store, this would be a way for you to earn some money.
There is a screening and qualifying process that you will go through before you secure one of these internships.
Learn more about our internship: Wolf People Internship Training Guide
If you would like to apply, fill out and submit an application: Wolf People Internship Application
Call Nancy Taylor at 208-263-1100 if you have more questions or need additional information.
I flew to Tennessee to get Kiwi when she was 2 weeks old and had to select from 3 darling little females that were identical in everyway. It took 3 hours for me to decide on Kiwi, the one who would fly home with me. She sat on my lap the entire way, sucking on my finger, and the bonding process with her began. She was a shy, beautiful little arctic/tundra wolf cub, who won the hearts of everyone who saw her. Soon after I brought her home, I called her my little “Kiwi bug”, and she loved it!
Kiwi grew into a beautiful white wolf with awesome gold eyes. Her shyness stayed with her, but she always came to me. She would “connect” sometimes with people who came on our tours and come closer to them. They felt very special that this beautiful wolf would feel safe by them. She lived with Baci and Cryco for awhile and was a neighbor to Okemo but wanted nothing more than that to do with him! She especially loved and trusted children and would always come close when they were present. She was one of our best eaters but always made sure she kept her athletic shape and would bury her extra food for snacks later on. She and I would go to our 5 acre enclosure whenever we could to just hang out.
About 2 months ago, I noticed a lump growing on the bridge of her nose and called my mobile vet to come take a look. We did a biopsy and the cells came back malignant. She basically had a very aggressive cancerous brain tumor that spread quickly throughout her sinus cavity and left eye. We kept a close eye on her, and called the mobile vet on Wednesday to end her struggle this weekend. Yesterday I spent a couple of hours with her, walking her around the compound to see all the wolves in her pack one more time. It was our last special time together. I knew it was time to stop Kiwi’s suffering, although she kept her dignity through it all, never showing how sick she must have felt. I was with her to the end, and she died knowing I was right there while I whispered “I love you, my little Kiwi bug”!
The pack was quiet all night, and we are all mourning the loss of this beautiful, gentle loving soul who graced us with her presence for 12-1/2 years. She will rest in peace on our property, along with the other magnificent wolves we have lost through the years.