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Wyoming, feds announce wolf deal Wednesday

Gov. Matt Mead and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have finalized elements of a wolf plan, but not all are cheering just yet.

Under the plan, Wyoming will maintain at least 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside Yellowstone National Park.

It was a slug fest of metal with Terry Vaughn of Cody wrecking his way to victory in the final bout at the Park County Fair Demolition Derby Saturday night.

As usual, it was sold out as the crowd screamed for their favorite drivers.

An alleged drunk driver killed two wild mustangs from the Pryor Mountain herd Sunday.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, Adam Finn, 26, of Germantown, Tenn., allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, struck and killed two wild horses from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range on U.S. 37, according to the National Park Service.

More post offices in Wyoming and across the country are under the U.S. Postal Service’s scrutiny for potential closing.

The service announced Tuesday it is studying the possible closure of 3,753 post offices around the country.

Scientists auger 50 million years into the past

Polecat Bench is a pristine plateau of swaying grass and surrounding mountains, but beneath the bench are clues of a global warming event millions of years ago.

Studying those clues from the past, including how fauna and flora acclimatized to warmer temperatures, will help predict the future, scientists say.

Although it took considerable time and talk Wednesday evening to spruce up their problem statement, the Cody Elk Working Group is striving to craft an elk management plan for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The group had worked on its problem statement previously, but the statement needs refinement, said Dennie Hammer, Cody Game and Fish information and education specialist and group facilitator.

Wyoming and the federal government have agreed on a dual status plan for wolves in the state, and they hope to publish a preliminary rule delisting Wyoming wolves by the end of September.

“We agree in principle on major issues,” Gov. Matt Mead announced during a news conference Thursday in Cheyenne.

Two more bat species are being considered for Endangered Species listing, due in part to white nose syndrome. That could point to the possible future listing of the little brown bat, Wyoming’s most widespread membranous winged mammal.

The grizzly bear in Yellowstone that killed a California man last week will not be destroyed.

Yellowstone National Park officials believe the sow grizzly was protecting her young and so behaving in a defensive, not predacious manner.

“It was not predatory,” said Kerry Gunther, Yellowstone wildlife biologist, in a Thursday news conference, “so we see no reason to take action against the bear.”

Following SkyWest Airlines’ sudden announcement that it plans to pull its Salt Lake City flights from Cody, Yellowstone Regional Airport supporters are strategizing to keep Salt Lake City air service.

“We really got blind sided last Friday,” said Cody Yellowstone Air Improvement Resources Chairman and state senator Hank Coe.

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