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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department posted a draft addendum to the Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan, mostly in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s peer review panel summary report proposing delisting the wolf.

The addendum clarifies how Wyoming will maintain a sustainable wolf population, said Mark Bruscino, statewide supervisor of the large carnivore management section.

March 15, 2012 8:09 am

Break up

But legal challenges likely to continue

Gov. Matt Mead signed Wyoming’s wolf management bill Wednesday, following nearly unanimous support of the bill by both houses of the Wyoming Legislature.

Senate File 41 sticks closely to the agreement Mead hammered out with the federal government last fall. It would allow predator zones in much of the state and a trophy game area in a portion of northwest Wyoming, where a license would be required to hunt the canines.

An investigation into the second of two fatal grizzly bear attacks last summer at Yellowstone National Park was unable to conclude if the same bear was responsible for both deaths, a report released Monday said.

Brian Matayoshi, 57, was killed July 6. His death was witnessed by his wife, Marylyn Matayoshi.

The Cody Elk Working Group discussed splitting herds, predation and hunter equality Monday night.

Following a news release announcing the group would meet at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank in Cody, about 30 people attended plus a few members of the press. As it has been since the group’s inception last spring, members of the public were allowed to speak only at the end of the meeting.

February 28, 2012 12:02 pm

Patience pays off

Powell shutterbug snaps third in photo contest

Bob Cochran is proud to be listed among the many talented local wildlife photographers that placed in Wyoming Wildlife magazine’s annual photo contest over the years.

Cochran of Powell photographed a coyote tossing a vole in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley last June. His picture placed third in the magazine’s wildlife photography division this year.

February 28, 2012 11:57 am

Patience pays off

Powell shutterbug snaps third in photo contest

Bob Cochran is proud to be listed among the many talented local wildlife photographers that placed in Wyoming Wildlife magazine’s annual photo contest over the years.

Cochran of Powell photographed a coyote tossing a vole in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley last June. His picture placed third in the magazine’s wildlife photography division this year.

A meeting Thursday updated the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s efforts thus far to prevent the spread of brucellosis from the elk to cattle near Cody.

In 2004, Wyoming lost its brucellosis-free status when 31 reactor cattle were detected in a Sublette County herd. In 2010, brucellosis was discovered in cattle in the Meeteetse area.

January 26, 2012 8:49 am

Postage stamps up 1 cent this week

An additional penny for stamps will do little to aid the ailing U.S. Postal Service with a deficit in the billions of dollars, nor will it aid businesses striving to make a buck in a weak economy.

Effective Sunday, Jan. 22, first class stamps at the post office increased by 1 cent, bringing the cost to 45 cents per stamp.

The project to move an approximate 2.5 mile stretch of the Shoshone Municipal Pipeline parallel to the U.S. 14-A right-of-way will be completed this spring.

The 12,500 feet of pipe is being relocated to allow room for the Wyoming Department of Transportation to widen the highway.

“It’s out in the fields 20 or 30 feet,” said Shoshone Municipal Pipeline Manager Craig Barsness.