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Vehicle vs.Wildlife Deaths Increase

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Wildlife deaths from vehicle collisions are on the rise in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. That’s according to records obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. KUWR in Laramie spoke with the group’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, who told them … Continue Reading

Keep Priorities Straight In Back Country Emergencies

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Over the past month, there have been several cases in northwestern Wyoming of hikers becoming lost and hence, the subject of searches by local search and rescue groups.  Most were not prepared to spend an extended period of time out.  Michael Jarnevic is an Army Special Forces medic who says TV reality shows … Continue Reading

Grizzly Relocated From Lizard Creek Area

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The grizzly bear that had been loitering around the Lizard Creek Campground through last weekend has been  captured and relocated northwest of Grand Teton National Park in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The 212-pound, 3-to-4 year-old grizzly bear had been … Continue Reading

Boating Curtailed Soon At Jackson Lake

CB Boat Ramp

The draw down at Jackson Lake is quickly taking its toll on boating at the lake with some of the marinas and ramps becoming unusable now.  Park Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles points out that while there is now specific closing date for Colter Bay Marina, advisories are being sent out to … Continue Reading

Bears Invade Campgrounds

Bear Warning

A grizzly bear caused problems for a time at one of Grand Teton National Park’s campgrounds through the weekend.  According to park officials, the bear was frequenting Lizard Creek Campground on the north end of the park and was repeatedly hazed from the facility.  Park officials say it did not receive food rewards and didn’t interact directly with campers.  Camping at Lizard Creek was restricted to hard-sided camping only until the bear finally left the area of its own accord Monday.  At the same time, a black bear has forced the closure of two back country sites at Leigh Lake for the week.  It is hoped that bear will simply move on as well.

Sec. Jewell Defends Interior Department Budget

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters yesterday that the activities of the Department of Interior contributed $371-billion to the US economy in 2012 and supported 2.3-million jobs in such activities as outdoor recreation and tourism, energy development and grazing and timber harvest.  However, she quickly points out that … Continue Reading

New Fires Quickly Doused

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Teton Interagency Fire Personnel doused two fire starts Wednesday afternoon.  One shortly after 4:00 pm involved a single tree in the Colter Bay Campground.  The park report indicates that the fire was human-caused.  Park officials say the incident was not the result of an escaped fire but may have stemmed from an equipment malfunction.  The second fire was … Continue Reading

WGA Seeks Reauthorization of Federal Program

WGA

The Western Governors’ Association recently urged reauthorization of the Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act. The group says it supports reauthorization because the act helps resolve the “checkerboard” land ownership pattern in the West that hinders effective management of federal and state lands. Under the WSCLA proposal, states would have the right to … Continue Reading

Local National Park Lodges Spotlighted

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CNN Travel this week spotlighted 18 outstanding lodges tucked inside the national parks as listed in Travel and Leisure Magazine.  Two of them are very familiar to locals living in this part of Wyoming.  The obvious inclusion was … Continue Reading

GTNP Rangers Conduct Difficult Rescue

Much of Avalanche Canyon in Grand Teton National Park has no maintained trails, requiring hikers to bushwack through difficult terrain. (NPS photo)

Grand Teton National Park officials have released information about another rescue; this one in Avalanche Canyon. Five park rangers performed one of the more physically taxing ground based rescues in the last several years during Monday afternoon and evening. 61 year-old Carol Nielsen of Boulder, Colorado sustained an injury somewhere … Continue Reading

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  • Not all bad news in judge’s decision to relist wolves - September 30, 2014
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down a ruling last week that removed wolves from Wyoming control and put them back under the protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That ruling put an end to hunting wolves anywhere in the state, whether they’re in the trophy game area in the northwestern corner […]
  • The king of upland game birds is a worthy opponent - September 29, 2014
    Ruffed grouse hunters in the parts of the country where the birds are hunted heavily might flush 60 birds in one day, see six, get shots at four and come home with two. They consider that an average day. The birds are not easy to see, even when you know where they are. If you […]
  • Warm Through Saturday, Cooler Weather Arrives Sunday - September 26, 2014
    High pressure continues to be the main weather feature across much of the state today.  Expect abundant sunshine and mainly dry conditions for central and eastern portions of the state, but there could be isolated showers and thunderstorms in far western Wyoming.  Temperatures will remain very warm to hot and about 15-20 degrees above average.  […]
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    It’s a chance for a pair of 1A teams to prove themselves on the field.  Our Cowboy State News Network high school football game of the week makes a stop at “Yoder Dame” today.  Number four Southeast hosts third-ranked Lingle tonight.  The Cyclones have owned the series recently, but the Doggers are off to a […]

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