Laramie, WY – Yellowstone National Park officials estimate the number of bison in the park has grown to 3,900, an increase of 600 animals since last summer. The annual estimate released Tuesday says calves represent 15 percent of the population. Park officials say the population change is within the natural range for wild bison. The peak population estimate was 5,000 bison in the summer of 2005. The estimate is based on a series of aerial surveys conducted in June and July.
Salt Lake City, UT – Elected officials from Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Oregon are warning a pipeline company not to contribute to environmental causes to protect sagebrush habitat.
The officials are demanding that El Paso Corporation drop an agreement it made with environmental groups that clears away objections to a 680-mile natural gas pipeline that would begin in Opal, Wyoming and end in Oregon.