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The good news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

The bad news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday it had reached an agreement to lift gray wolf Endangered Species protections in Montana and Idaho, but not Wyoming.

But it’s not a done deal.

Feds should accept Wyoming’s plan, including predator zone, a state lawmaker says

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has voluntarily withdrawn its appeal of a Federal District Court ruling in Wyoming that questioned the service’s rejection of Wyoming’s gray wolf management plan.

And the service said it will continue negotiations with Wyoming on wolf management.

Although federal officials voiced confidence at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that grizzly bears would be fine if they were delisted, conservation groups weren’t so sanguine.

“It’s just too early and the (grizzly) bear’s habitat too limited to be looking at delisting,” said Jeff Welsh, communications director for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, in Bozeman, Mont.

On Jan. 29, two ice climbers ascended “Cabin Fever.”

Their climb: Straight up “Cabin Fever,” a 200-foot waterfall that dumps into Cabin Creek — which in turn fuels the South Fork of the Shoshone River. Hilary Eisen of Cody and her friend, Rebecca Cedel, of Powell, stand at the foot of the gigantic icicle.

D.C. legislation to rescind wolf ESA protections

A bill to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states would allow states to manage and authorize hunting of the canines.

If passed, the bill would bypass federal judge rulings, said Tim Hockhalter of Timber Creek Outfitters of Crandall.

While bed bugs have been reported in hotels in 14 Wyoming cities, they have invaded the Big Horn Basin as well, according to one pest controller.

Wyoming has had bed bugs reported in Rock Springs, Rawlins, Laramie, Casper, Glenrock, Cheyenne, Gillette, Sheridan and Fort Bridger, said Joyce Johnston, Joyce Johnston, Park County extension horticulturist.

A Montana climber injured Saturday while ice climbing in a canyon of the South Fork was rescued Sunday and transported to West Park Hospital, where she is recovering.

Two climbers, Hilary Eisen, 27, of Cody and Echo Oak, 33, of Billings, Mont., were reported overdue about 10:15 p.m. Saturday when they failed to call after dark as planned.

Although the Inspector General’s Office has stated in a report that rounding up wild horses is necessary to control overpopulation, the Bureau of Land Management, the agency responsible for the equines, said the current and costly program is not sustainable.

According to the December 2010 report from the Inspector General, as of October 2010, the bureau was keeping approximately 26,400 horses in longterm holding facilities and 11,400 in short term holding.

Striving to preserve native fish, particularly Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a native fish conservation plan is proposed in Yellowstone.

At a meeting Thursday evening in Cody, Yellowstone Park personnel made their pitch to an audience of 33 that supported the plan for the most part. The plan will, among other things, step up lake trout removal in Yellowstone Lake, but the public wants to see results.

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