Powell, WY


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Mark Davis

As powdery snow fell on the groomed slopes at Sleeping Giant Ski Area, the parking lot began to fill. It was a late Christmas gift for the nonprofit.

Despite the sting of graupel on exposed cheeks, a dedicated flock of birders, toting binoculars, spotting scopes and dressed in layers, hit all corners of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Saturday for the 2017 Kane Christmas Bird Count.

The fire crackled as it took hold in the ring at the Five Springs Campground. An occasional breeze caused the gathering snow in the large pines above to fall on the flames, but they blazed on.

The quota of gray wolves in the four hunt areas in the Cody region was filled on Sunday, ending the region’s first hunt since Wyoming won the right to manage wolf packs in the state earlier this year.

Wolves are the easiest species to manage, according to the state’s top large carnivore biologist. The hardest and most time-consuming species? Humans.

Monday before sunrise, Wyoming Game and Fish biologist Leslie Schreiber was stationed at a small campground 5 miles off the highway on a dusty dirt road east of Lovell. A stiff breeze made the low temperatures uncomfortable, stinging Schreiber’s cheeks and fingers, but she was pleased with the cold weather.

Many area residents turn out to voice opinions; most support hunts

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wanted to have a conversation about grizzlies. Park County residents answered the call in a big way: About 200 showed up to talk.

Public meeting touts new technology and research, but may never solve problem with current system

Much has changed since a massive release of sediment from the Willwood Dam last year. But according to David Waterstreet, watershed protection program manager for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, sediment is still building up behind the dam.

After connecting with her first deer, 12-year-old Shelby Fagan was kidded by some of her classmates, wondering why she would harvest a doe.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has proposed changes to the number of elk licenses nonresidents can draw and the way they are issued.

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