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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.

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.

Hunters will get a shot at wolf hunting this fall in Wyoming.

The federal government announced Aug. 31 that Wyoming will have management of wolves beginning Sept. 30.

The fate of diseased whitebark pine will play a part in the effort to remove grizzly bears from the endangered species list.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that more data was necessary to explain the decline of whitebark and how that decline will affect the grizzly population before delisting can be achieved.

The Powell library has been around for 100 years now, with a history of steady growth.

Library staff will celebrate its centennial Aug. 9. (See related story.)

“The first semblance of a library in Powell was formed by 10 women in a cabin used by the employees of the Bureau of Reclamation in 1910,” wrote Cindy Moore, Powell library branch manager, in a letter to The Powell Tribune.

Heart Mountain pipe ceremony brings cultures together

Heart Mountain and the people who revere the mountain seemingly were able to summon an energy jump-start following a Crow Indian pipe ceremony there Saturday.

The ceremony was simultaneously sacred, serious and celebratory for natives and folks of European descent.

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