Laramie, Wy – The population of gray wolves in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho apparently has shrunk for the first time in over a decade. Biologists aren't sure why their midyear estimate of the regional wolf population came in with about 350 fewer wolves than they had expected. The estimate was 1,455 animals, down slightly from an estimate of 1,513 wolves at the start of 2008. Wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone in the 1990s and they've been reproducing rapidly ever since. The regional population had been growing at about 24 percent a year.
Casper, Wy – Wyoming's workers compensation system does not currently cover mental injuries such as post Traumatic stress syndrome. Some lawmakers want to change that and a legislative agreed to continue working on a bill that provides such coverage, and includes several safeguards, so that it cannot be abused. The joint labor committee will continue working on the bill and a piece of legislation to increase benefits to injured workers when the committee meets in December.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish commission has decided that it is a bad idea to let people set up private Sage Grouse farms in order to enhance the population. The idea was approved by the legislature last year.
Wyoming Game and Fish Spokesman Eric Keszler says most people at a public hearing on the proposal expressed some strong concerns.
Laramie, WY – The Department of Family Services will use recommendations from a legislative report to better handle cases of child abuse and neglect. DFS Director Tony Lewis says it's key that the department identify risks within a family as soon as a case is assigned. He says that is a challenge when the court sets short deadlines.