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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.

Pryor Mountain horses soon to be captured

Wild horses will be captured in the Pryor Mountains soon using bait traps instead of helicopters.

The “gather” could begin as early as next week. The last was in 2009, when 57 horses were removed.

Frankie Smith, also known as “Punkintown,” was born to clown around in arenas such as the Cody Stampede Rodeo.

He’s a circuit-riding rodeo court jester, and he’s funny.

“What are you doing?” asked the announcer, Randy Schmutz, at the Cody Stampede Rodeo Monday evening.

‘Grumpy’ flies in Park County skies this week

It was a flight down memory lane or a learning experience for those that boarded “Grumpy,” the B-25 at Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody on Monday.

Grumpy is like the planes Jimmy Doolittle’s Raiders flew to bomb Japan 70 years ago during World War II.

Ron Vining didn’t think he would use the walking sticks he got for Father’s Day to protect his children and himself, but that’s what he did when he faced a mountin lion later that day.

Vining, of Powell, was hiking up Dead Indian Creek in Sunlight Basin Sunday with his wife, Leann, daughter and son-in-law, Alisa and Ryan Dempsey, and grandchildren Payton, Kensi, and Kanin, when a mountain lion crashed the party. 

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