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Gib Mathers

Wyoming fell short of its 52 wolf quota in the trophy game zone by 10 when the season ended Dec. 31, 2012.

The limit was not reached, probably because wolves proved harder to hunt than many thought they would be, said Mark Bruscino, Wyoming Game and Fish Department statewide supervisor of the large carnivore management section in Cody.

Two state agencies are advising people to watch the level of mercury in Wyoming fish they eat.

Wyoming got its shot at wolf hunting this fall. Meanwhile, three lawsuits now are aiming to end hunting in Wyoming and return the canines to the Endangered Species List, at least in Wyoming.

Ill-fated mustang adopted by Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center

The future appeared bleak for a malnourished mustang mare when the Bureau of Land Management captured her last summer.

A bill set to go before the 2013 Wyoming Legislature would allow hunters to use silencers on their guns and could trigger noisy contention.

Reduced hours to begin at some locations next year

Delivering sleigh-loads of packages over the holidays is akin to a Christmas bonus for the U.S. Postal Service, but small post offices around the Big Horn Basin and the state are getting their hours cut next year nonetheless.

Unwanted lake trout in Yellowstone Lake are in for a real shock next fall.

Electro-shock will be initiated in fall 2013 off Carrington Island, a hotbed of lake trout spawning. Electricity will kill lake trout eggs and embryos. The National Park Service supports the effort.

Environmental groups file suits

Environmental groups once again are aiming to place Wyoming wolves under federal protection.

Efforts are under way to protect whitebark pine decimated by native mountain pine beetles and non-native white pine blister rust in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

Whitebark pine is in peril throughout its range from blister rust, beetles and climate change, said Dan Reinhart, a resource management specialist with Yellowstone Center for Resources in Yellowstone National Park.

A record breaker

More trout were rescued from irrigation canals this fall than ever before.

After water to irrigation canals is shut off, trout are trapped in pools surrounded by dry ground and are unable to reach the Shoshone River.

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