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.
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.
A black bear damaged beehives west of Powell between Ralston and Lane 9, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed. The bear is suspected to also have damaged a pool owned by Kelly and Mindy Christensen, but the department won’t confirm that.