Idaho state trooper to be charged with moose poaching

Cpl. Jeff Jayne, accused, is reported to be another anti-wolf worrier about declining elk, etc-

This is from back in late November, but it is incredible.  There hasn’t been any recent news on this, but here is the article in the Bonner County newspaper. Bonner County, Idaho abuts Canada. I thought the story should get wider distribution.

Trooper to face criminal charge. November 23, 2010 10:00 am | Updated. Bonner County Bee

According to information I’ve received, Jayne was invited to be on a panel after the North Idaho Wolf Alliance showed the Lords of Nature at the Little Panida Theater in Sandpoint. In the subsequent discussion, he was very anti-wolf, repeating all the rhetoric of the far out folks who hate wolves.  Well he has a right to his opinion, of course, but then he shows up with a moose out of season. What is it about these people who say wolves are killing all the game and then they end up getting caught poaching.







  1. Craig Avatar

    Isn’t it strange people in power postitions who should uphold the law seem to be the ones who break it? Not only on a hunting level but in fiscal or whatever, they are the biggest crooks! The only way to make big money is to be in politics and lie and cheat and hope you don’t get caught. When you do it’s a slap on the wrist! The rest of us pay our taxs and do right and get scerwed!
    It’s pathetic what our society has become and it’s getting to the point of no return, sometimes you wonder if it’s worth fighting for ,or to say screw it and fight what you yerself stands for!

    1. Ralph Maughan Avatar


      Yes, it seems that way. To try to be positive, those troopers and so forth, who do their job don’t get in the news.

      1. Save bears Avatar

        Well the one in Montana got in the news doing his job, unfortunately he was killed last week and they will be laying him to rest on Tuesday…

      2. Ralph Maughan Avatar

        Save Bears,

        What’s that you’re saying?

      3. Save bears Avatar


        You stated the troopers that do their job don’t get in the news, well unfortunately this trooper did get in the news for doing his job and he was killed because he was doing his job, so the good guys also get in the news, I wish this one would not have….Read the link the Elk has provided..

        In addition, I believe there are far more out there doing their job than those who are violating the is a shame to see all the cynical people now a days..

      4. Ralph Maughan Avatar

        Elk275 and Save Bears,

        Thanks for the link. Yes, it is a good story about a fine trooper who gave his life.

  2. jon Avatar

    Curious, has anyone seen the new show on nat geo about Montana pollice officers? I think it’s called frontier something.

    1. Save bears Avatar

      I saw it the other evening, it was not a bad show, it showed some nice scenery and some real kooks drunk driving and such. They had a segment on bears getting into trash and the problems that causes..

  3. jon Avatar

    I am not surprised when cops break the law. Afterall, they think they are above the law and can get away with anything they want. They are human.

    1. SAP Avatar

      I will agree, Jon, that law enforcement folks are human. As with other humans, there’s a lot of diversity and some bad apples. Seems like you’re generalizing here if you’re contending that they ALL “think they are above the law.”

      1. mikepost Avatar

        Jon, I guess you are never going to dial 911 then? That would seem to be a necessary component of your profiling.

        I have no problems holding police officers to a higher standard than even the general public, but lets not be dismissive of the cops in the system that busted this guy (no code of silence there) and the others who will show up at your house at 2am when you call (and some day you will).

      2. jon Avatar

        I never said anything about all cops being like that, but they are some who are. I don’t rely on the cops for my protection. When you have cops who break the law, it gives all cops a bad name. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t trust cops.

      3. PointsWest Avatar

        It seems to me that many who become cops had trouble with the law and had run-ins with cops when they were young. That is, they have power issues. Some make good cops because they do understand the criminal mind.

  4. WM Avatar

    Interesting that (as of the date of the article) there has not been a determination whether felony or misdemeanor charges will be filed. If convicted on felony charges, his future as a stater will likely be in greater jeopardy than if it a misdemeanor. Also will affect future disclosure on lots of applications of various types, and a felony conviction may well limit or eliminate certain jobs in law enforcement.

  5. Larry Thorngren Avatar

    Some dishonest people are attracted to a law enforcement career because it provides them with cover.
    Larry Craig voted against every pro-gay piece of legislation that came before him, and then plead guilty to playing footsie in the men’s room. Butch Otter claims to be a “Family Values Republican”, and cheated on his first wife every chance he got.
    I think that every time wildlife is poached and left to rot, the most vocal anti-wolf advocate in the area should be the first to be investigated.

    1. jon Avatar

      I bet most of these politicians who claim they are all about family values probably treat their families like shit behind closed doors. These people try to hide their true selves sometimes in order to be liked and get votes. Most of them are probably slimeballs who wouldn’t give you the coat off their back if you needed it.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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