Jackson, Wy – Just because Wyoming and the federal government have reached a compromise that would allow the state to take over wolf management within its borders does NOT mean that that's going to be happening any time soon. Mitch King is regional director for the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service. He says there are several hurdles to clear -- including a series of public meetings. Part of the proposal would enable states to kill wolves if it's scientifically determined that the animals are taking a heavy toll
Washington D-C – Bad news for 74-year-old Republican Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas. His family says cancer has returned and his doctors say it's resistent to a new round of chemotherapy. The Senator's also developed an infection. The Thomas family said Wyoming's Senior Senator is in serious condition at the National Naval Medical Center...outside Washington. His wife Susan...described it...as a quote "difficult time"...and added that all they can do is give him as much love and support as possible.
Laramie, Wy – Seven environmental groups today (Monday) sued the federal government, in a bid to restore endangered-species protection for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears. In April, the U-S Fish and Wildlife Servicey lifted the "threatened" status the bears had been under since 1975. The lawsuit was filed today in U-S District Court in Boise, Idaho. It says the bears are still threatened -- citing changes in their food supply due to global warming; oil-and-gas and
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas, a three-term conservative Republican who stayed clear of the Washington limelight and political catfights, died Monday. He was 74. The senator's family issued a statement saying he died Monday evening at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He had been receiving chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia.
Laramie, WY – The National Park Service and the state of Montana agreed today to truck a group of about 300 bison deep into Yellowstone National Park if they resist the latest hazing efforts. Governor Schweitzer announced the plan with Suzanne Lewis, Yellowstone's superintendent. Schweitzer says the agreement was hammered out with the help of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. Schweitzer says the park service agreed to bend its rules and allow them to truck the bison deep into the park should they come back out, but he says early reports indicate the lastest hazing effort may be working.