Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming is disputing federal claims that the state's plans for managing wolves wouldn't ensure a viable minimum population of the animals. The state on Friday filed what could be its last brief in a lawsuit over wolves before the case goes before U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson in Cheyenne Jan. 29. Wyoming sued after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Montana and Idaho but not Wyoming. Responding to the lawsuit, the Fish and Wildlife Service
Lander, Wy – Gov. Dave Freudenthal is supporting proposed legislation to clarify Wyoming's concealed carry reciprocity law. State Attorney General Bruce Salzburg has discovered language in the existing law that would significantly reduce the number of states to which Wyoming could grant reciprocity. Reciprocity is where two states agree to accept one another's permits. Republican Sen. Cale Case of Lander is proposing legislation to clarify the law and remove problems with determining which states should be granted reciprocity.
Rock Springs, Wy – A state lawmaker from Rock Springs plans to draft new legislation to compensate residents whose homes were damaged by a controversial mine collapsing project in 2007. Democratic Rep. Bernadine Craft says she intends to draft a House bill that would amend the state AML guidelines so that money can be used to help the homeowners repair their homes. An attempt to address the issue in last year's session didn't succeed. The home were damaged when huge weights were used to try to
Jackson, Wy – The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole plans to begin providing supplemental feed to elk much later than usual this year. The reason is the elk still have plenty to eat. There's still lots of grass left over from last year and less snow than normal covering up that grass. Typically the refuge begins putting out alfalfa pellets for elk around the third week of January. Last year, feeding began Jan. 27, about a week later than normal. This year, feeding might begin several weeks later than usual.