Laramie, WY – While several conservation groups have voiced opposition to yesterday's wolf delisting, at least one group is supporting the change.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a conservation group based in Bozeman, Montana, says the removal of the wolf from the endangered species list is a step forward. Coalition chairman Todd Graham says it was time to switch from federal protection to local management.
Cheyenne, WY – Look for city and county funding to be a big part of discussions when a compromise budget is discussed next week.
Senators and Representatives on the budget conference committee will pick up where they left off on debate this week.
Speaker of the House Roy Cohee says that he thinks that the state may have gone too far in trying to provide extra funding for local government. Cohee says this is especially true for areas that may not be benefiting from the energy boom.
Cheyenne, WY – A bill attempting to manage the controversial issue of coal-bed methane water run-off survived its first hurdle in the state senate.
Some landowners complain that CBM water that gets pumped out when gas is recovered floods or contaminates their land.
The goal of the bill is to have the state engineer manage water overflow and provide more property rights. During debate, Senator Tony Ross asked why coal-bed methane developers don't either re-insert water into ground or put it into pipelines.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming House members gave initial approval to a bill that would allow people to shoot to kill intruders to their home.
But lawmakers fought off attempts to restore a controversial part of the measure. During debate of the bill called the Castle Doctrine, sponsor Lorraine Quarberg urged lawmakers to allow people to choose not to retreat when confronted with crime.
Quarberg wants people to be allowed to take defensive action, outside of a home.
Laramie, WY – Sixty Yellowstone National Park bison were shipped to slaughter Thursday as part of a state and federal effort to keep brucellosis from being transmitted to cattle from bison that roam outside park boundaries.
The contagious disease can cause bison, cattle and elk to abort. In the past two weeks, 290 bison on Yellowstone's northern edge have been captured and sent to slaughter.
Another 49 bison were hazed Thursday from the Stephens Creek area south toward the Roosevelt Arch at Gardiner.