Laramie, WY – Bears are emerging from their dens now and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it's time for people living in bear country to make some changes. The Department's Dennie Hammer says, take down the bird feeder. He says bears are very attracted to birdseed.
Also, people who live near bears and feed their pets outside should make sure that no extra pet food is left on the ground. Last year, there were more than 450 conflicts between bears and people, many of them because bears had found food or garbage near houses.
Riverton, WY – Those in the social services say that alcohol abuse remains the top substance abuse problem in Fremont County. That was the testimony during a public meeting held by a Governors Council hoping to find ways to reduce the numbers of substance abuse cases in the state.
Laramie, WY – Hundreds of tests have failed so far to show exactly why scores of elk that ate lichen died in the Red Rim area last month.
Becky Dailey is a doctoral student who works at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie. She is investigating why elk died in the area south of Rawlins both this year and in 2004.
Dailey says tests show lichen was present in all the animals' stomachs. But she says the tests otherwise haven't turned up any valuable new information that would let her solve the mystery of why the lichen killed the elk.
Laramie, WY – A federal jury has rejected a lawsuit that a former professor filed against the University of Wyoming.
Dr. Frederick Scherr had claimed in his lawsuit that he was retaliated against after reporting that Dr. James Broomfield, the director UW's Family Practice Residency Program, was sexually harassing employees.
Scherr had claimed he was pressured by the university to stop bringing up the issue and that Broomfield threatened him. Scherr said he was eventually demoted and his salary cut, prompting him to resign in 2004.
Laramie, WY – National experts are reviewing what's known about the effects of coal-bed methane gas production on this region's water.
A committee meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Denver Tuesday comes amid a natural gas boom in the Rockies that includes coal-bed methane drilling. The process taps natural gas by pumping groundwater and releasing methane in coal seams.
The 2005 federal energy bill mandated a study of coal-bed methane production on surface and groundwater in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and North Dakota.
Laramie, WY – Several Wyoming companies have volunteered to report their greenhouse gas emissions.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality director John Corra says the DEQ invited 30 companies to join the Climate Registry, an international organization whose members report their levels of pollution. He says the companies that joined knew that at some point, they're going to have to report emissions. In the meantime, Corra says, reporting will be good PR.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Democratic Party chairman says superdelegates should not overturn the national popular vote for the party's presidential candidate. Democrats are considering allowing superdelegates to have the final say in who gets picked to represent the party.
Greybull, WY – A group of residents in Greybull is fighting against a proposed ethanol plant. Motel owner Michael Lannon is part of the group collecting signatures for a petition against the plant. It would limit the amount of coal the facility could burn within city limits. Lannon says his business will be harmed by the pollution and foul odor emitted during the production of ethanol.