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Gib Mathers

Unwanted lake trout in Yellowstone Lake are in for a real shock next fall.

Electro-shock will be initiated in fall 2013 off Carrington Island, a hotbed of lake trout spawning. Electricity will kill lake trout eggs and embryos. The National Park Service supports the effort.

Environmental groups file suits

Environmental groups once again are aiming to place Wyoming wolves under federal protection.

Efforts are under way to protect whitebark pine decimated by native mountain pine beetles and non-native white pine blister rust in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

Whitebark pine is in peril throughout its range from blister rust, beetles and climate change, said Dan Reinhart, a resource management specialist with Yellowstone Center for Resources in Yellowstone National Park.

A record breaker

More trout were rescued from irrigation canals this fall than ever before.

After water to irrigation canals is shut off, trout are trapped in pools surrounded by dry ground and are unable to reach the Shoshone River.

New pipe estimated at $8.5 million

Former customers of North End Water Users Inc. probably will pay $65 to $75 per month to get water from the Northwest Rural Water District.

That would be based on a user consuming 4,000 gallons per month, said Dossie Overfield, Northwest District manager, at a North End meeting Saturday.

It may be some time before Aaron Wilkins and Matt Walker hunt in thick timber after their harrowing face-off with a grizzly bear.

The Powell guys were hunting wolves on opening day in the Reef Creek area between Russell and Camp creeks. They had seen no wolf sign, but they did see bit of old bear scat and tracks higher up the drainage.

When Shoshone National Forest wrote its National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan in 1986, pine beetles were not an issue.  But the bugs are devastating the forest now, said District Ranger Terry Root.

Wyoming’s first regulated wolf hunt started Monday, and challenges from environmental groups are not expected to stop it this year.

Two gray wolves had reportedly been killed in Wyoming’s trophy zones as of late Monday afternoon. One was killed in the Sunlight area, and the other in the Pacific Creek area, said Eric Keszler, a Game and Fish spokesman in Cheyenne.

Park officials hopeful they’re getting the upper hand removing lake trout and restoring cutthroats

Efforts to save imperiled native cutthroat trout got a boost this summer with the netting and killing of more than 274,000 lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.

A 3-year-old male grizzly bear that was haunting the Heart Mountain area was destroyed early Friday morning.

The bear was euthanized because of fears that the human-habituated bear was a danger to humans, said Luke Ellsbury, Wyoming Game and Fish Department large carnivore biologist.

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