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Wyoming wildlife researchers use social media to show work

Wyoming wildlife researchers use social media to show work

CASPER, Wyo. — A helicopter will circle southwest Wyoming Thursday with a crew shooting nets onto unsuspecting mule deer. The crew will bring the deer back to a base camp where researchers will test the animals for body condition and pregnancy. Each deer released will bound away wearing a ra…

December 14, 2014 12:10 pm Photos

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Feds: Wyoming should manage wildlife on private land inside Grand Teton

CASPER, Wyo. — A wolf that was preying on livestock on a ranch in Grand Teton National Park was shot in January. The shooting was legal under Wyoming state law at the time, said Brian Nesvik, chief game warden for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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Researchers to live-tweet mule deer captures

CASPER, Wyo. — Mule deer researchers plan to use Twitter and Facebook to reach a larger and more diversified audience when they begin capturing deer Thursday in southwest Wyoming.

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State courts unnamed data center with millions in infrastructure work

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming may give $5 million to an unidentified data center company that could come to Cheyenne.

December 04, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Water marketplace offers new way to conserve water

Water marketplace offers new way to conserve water

The idea is both simple and innovative: Connect a rancher or irrigator willing to conserve water with a private citizen willing to pay for the conservation.

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Wyoming protects unused water for fish

Leaving water in a stream for fish may have seemed counterintuitive a century ago. Water was for irrigation, power generation, drinking and factory work. Legal water rights for fish were pretty far down the list of possible uses. Fish were important, but most people figured rivers and creeks…

November 29, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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For small ski areas, summer is often busier than winter

For small ski areas, summer is often busier than winter

CASPER, Wyo. — Before snowboarders shred down hills, before skiers jump off cliffs, and before hot chocolate fills cups in lodges, ski area managers are working.

November 28, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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In Wyoming, governor doesn't want to let water leave state

In Wyoming, governor doesn't want to let water leave state

MANDERSON, Wyo. — Every spring, John Joyce watches as thousands of gallons of water in the Nowood River rush by his ranch in northern Wyoming. It’s water that eventually moves into the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi rivers before dumping into the Gulf of Mexico.

November 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Cool break: Thanksgiving weekend will be warm; this winter will be average

Cool break: Thanksgiving weekend will be warm; this winter will be average

CASPER, Wyo. — Expect easy traveling over Thanksgiving weekend and a winter that can best be described as average.

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Agencies begin large mule deer habitat projects in Wyoming

Agencies begin large mule deer habitat projects in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — After years of talk and study and piecemeal projects, southwest Wyoming mule deer could receive a significant shot in the arm. Wildlife biologists recently finished the first portion of a 10-year, $3 million habitat project for mule deer in the Wyoming Range. The project is …

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A look at Wyoming's biggest, most venomous and strangest spiders

A look at Wyoming's biggest, most venomous and strangest spiders

CASPER, Wyo. — They squeeze under our doors and creep into our bathtubs. They slink under our beds and scurry under desks. They hide in between our sheets.

October 31, 2014 7:20 am Photos

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Number of female hunters in Wyoming increases between 2008 and 2013

Number of female hunters in Wyoming increases between 2008 and 2013

CASPER, Wyo. — Betsy Peterson shot her first mule deer outside of Casper with her husband and 5-month old daughter. It didn’t seem strange, bringing the infant into the field. Peterson had a mule deer tag and mouths to feed.

October 26, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Wyoming conservationist, naturalist and bird healer dies

Wyoming conservationist, naturalist and bird healer dies

CASPER, Wyo. — The first time Diane Morse met Lois Layton, a game warden had brought a wounded golden eagle to Layton’s home in Casper.

October 25, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Pictures capture sage grouse marching east through underpass

Pictures capture sage grouse marching east through underpass

CASPER, Wyo. — Hundreds of sage grouse appear to be walking east under an interstate underpass originally intended for mule deer and pronghorns.

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Study finds supplemental elk feeding affects migration habits

Study finds supplemental elk feeding affects migration habits

CASPER, Wyo. — Some of Wyoming’s feedground elk have probably been conditioned to expect food every winter, changing the way they migrate, according to a study published recently in the journal Ecological Applications.

October 11, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Wyoming's lawmakers might use law to remove wolves from endangered species list

Wyoming's lawmakers might use law to remove wolves from endangered species list

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s wolves are back on the endangered species list again, and this time the state’s lawmakers might come up with a solution.

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Animal mythbusters: Tree-lounging lions

Animal mythbusters: Tree-lounging lions

Myth: Mountain lions spend most of their time living in trees.

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Proposed permit rule doesn't apply to media, Forest Service says

Proposed permit rule doesn't apply to media, Forest Service says

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service recently proposed a new rule requiring all commercial photographers and videographers to have permits while working in wilderness areas, which would include millions of acres of Wyoming land.

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Moose tranquilized near Capitol building in Cheyenne

Moose tranquilized near Capitol building in Cheyenne

CASPER, Wyo. — A moose wandered the streets of Wyoming’s capital Wednesday morning, stopping traffic and drawing crowds.

September 24, 2014 4:39 pm Photos

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Three trophy mule deer poached near Dayton

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for information concerning the killing of three trophy buck mule deer, whose heads were cut off and bodies left to waste in Sheridan County.

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remote cabin

remote cabin

Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens Jim Olson and Craig Smith stand with Cody regional wildlife supervisor Alan Osterland and wildlife biologist Bart Kroger. The group spent four days in Thorofare working on the Game and Fish cabin. The cabin gives wardens a place to regroup in the most…

August 31, 2014 5:09 pm
At home in the wilderness: Remote Game and Fish cabin gives respite in the wild

At home in the wilderness: Remote Game and Fish cabin gives respite in the wild

THOROFARE — The cabin is modest. It has one room with folding beds, a kitchenette and an outhouse around back. Corrals stand nearby for horses and mules. A freshwater spring gurgles from the ground in the front. Grizzly bear claw marks scar the outside.

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Original — and isolated — Wyoming Range oil and gas leases face uncertain future

Original — and isolated — Wyoming Range oil and gas leases face uncertain future

WYOMING RANGE — From a distance, the country looks gentle. Tall mountains flow into rolling hills. Rivers and creeks snake down gorges and into valleys as they wind haphazardly through sagebrush plains.

August 30, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Mule deer group pledges $1.3 million for new research

CASPER, Wyo. — Mule deer numbers in southwest Wyoming have been declining for decades. As researchers continue to try and understand why, they may receive a helping hand.

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Climbing Cloud Peak offers challenges, rewards

Climbing Cloud Peak offers challenges, rewards

CLOUD PEAK WILDERNESS, Wyo. — The boulder field seemed to form in waves. Rocks the size of Volkswagens and refrigerators are piled on top of each other like they’d been thrown from the peak by a giant.

August 09, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Cloud Peak Wilderness

Cloud Peak Wilderness

A view from the top of Cloud Peak, one of Wyoming’s highest mountains, which stands within the Cloud Peak Wilderness in Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming.

July 30, 2014 4:48 pm
Cloud Peak Wilderness

Cloud Peak Wilderness

The Cloud Peak Wilderness has more than 100 lakes, many filled with trout.

July 30, 2014 4:47 pm
Weather predictions mean Wyoming fire season may remain light

Weather predictions mean Wyoming fire season may remain light

Wyoming’s wildfire season this year has not yet turned into much. As of mid-July, the state has experienced only a handful of small fires. Few have grown larger than initial attacks, said state forester Bill Crapser.

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Officials say Wyoming fire season may stay light

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s wildfire season this year has not yet turned into much. As of mid-July, the state has experienced only a handful of small fires. Few have grown larger than initial attacks, said state forester Bill Crapser.

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Wyoming's Cowboy Tough adventure race starts today

Wyoming's Cowboy Tough adventure race starts today

CASPER, Wyo. — The toughest racers, the ones willing to run for hours every day, paddle across a reservoir and ride their bikes hundreds of miles in blazing Wyoming heat, begin their challenge Thursday.

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No vacancy: Wyoming state parks fill fast

CASPER, Wyo. — At least three popular state parks were already at camping capacity for the weekend’s Fourth of July festivities as of Thursday afternoon, and another will likely fill, according to the state parks department.

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Wyoming loon population is small but critical to species

Wyoming has only 14 pairs of loons left living in its northwest corner. They are the rarest nesting bird in the state, and more importantly, they are one of the few remaining populations in the West, said David Evers, executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute, an ecological r…

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BLM proposes new way to deal with illegal dumping, land damage

BLM proposes new way to deal with illegal dumping, land damage

Casper, Wyo. — Old refrigerators, TVs and freezers pile up along the road in Rogers Canyon outside of Laramie.

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Some Wyoming fishing guides ask for more regulations

CASPER, Wyo. — Tim Wade calls it combat fishing.

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Wyoming's housing market didn't fall as hard as nation's, not climbing as fast

Wyoming's housing market didn't fall as hard as nation's, not climbing as fast

National trends can sometimes be slow to hit Wyoming. They often start in bigger metropolitan areas and trickle into the Cowboy State months or even years later.

May 17, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Proposed wolf hunting quotas in Wyoming nearly double

This fall, hunters in Wyoming may be able to shoot almost twice as many wolves as they could in 2013, according to proposed regulations by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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Researchers look at key Yellowstone area elk migrations

Researchers look at key Yellowstone area elk migrations

Tens of thousands of elk move in masses from low, hilly country outside Yellowstone National Park into forested mountains and high meadows.

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Pronghorn numbers drop; researchers look for answers

Pronghorn numbers drop; researchers look for answers

CASPER, Wyo. — Snow fell heavily in the winter of 1994, coating Glendo Reservoir and drifting over fences.

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Researchers: Wyoming mule deer herd travels farthest in the world

Researchers: Wyoming mule deer herd travels farthest in the world

Each spring, a herd of mule deer leaves the Red Desert and follows a trail of greening grass and retreating snow along the western slope of the Wind River Range. Months later, the animals arrive in the Hoback Basin south of Jackson, more than 150 miles away.

April 20, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Residents question safety of proposed rare-earth mine

Residents question safety of proposed rare-earth mine

SUNDANCE, Wyo. — Landowners living near the site of a proposed rare-earth elements mine questioned water quality, dust control and radioactive minerals at a meeting Monday night in Sundance.

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Wyoming unemployment lowest since 2008

Wyoming’s unemployment rate fell in February to its lowest level since December 2008, according to new numbers from the research and planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

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Yellowstone volcano is the world's largest, but is it dying?

Yellowstone volcano is the world's largest, but is it dying?

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - The scene looked like a witches’ brew tucked inside a winter wonderland, one of thousands of reminders in Yellowstone National Park that the world’s largest volcano breathes below the surface. Chances are you’ve heard of the beast, the one capable of sending 2,000…

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Yellowstone houses world's biggest volcano, possible answers to science's greatest mysteries

Yellowstone houses world's biggest volcano, possible answers to science's greatest mysteries

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS — A sulfuric-smelling fog filled the November air, rising from bubbling pools on white terraces.

March 23, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Swans hit record numbers in southwest Wyoming

Swans hit record numbers in southwest Wyoming

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Their big, white bodies dotted smooth sections of the Green River as the water curved through the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. The swans gathered in groups and pairs, taking advantage of the refuge’s open water and abundant food.

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Patient navigators provide comfort, even plan weddings at Wyoming Medical Center

Patient navigators provide comfort, even plan weddings at Wyoming Medical Center

Tim Troxel’s whole body began to ache on the road between Denver and Cody.

February 16, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Wilson band plays nearly every Sunday night for 45 years

Wilson band plays nearly every Sunday night for 45 years

WILSON, Wyo. – The doors opened and the sounds of “Pretty Woman” – by request – spilled into the cold, night air. Warm light filled the inside as bodies shuffled and gently jostled each other. The dance floor looked like a fluid mass as people moved in and out. Bargoers two-stepped, dipped, …

February 16, 2014 10:16 am Photos

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Small Wyoming town sends Jamaican bobsledders to Olympics

Small Wyoming town sends Jamaican bobsledders to Olympics

EVANSTON, Wyo. — A group of boys gathered behind the two athletes and looked at their watches.

February 05, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Jackson Thai restaurant and brewery plans for expansion, national exposure

Jackson Thai restaurant and brewery plans for expansion, national exposure

JACKSON – Tucked in a back room, off of a small kitchen filled with sounds and smells of Thai food cooking, rest five stainless steel tanks that barely fit through the doors.

February 02, 2014 10:22 am Photos

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Scientists trap bighorn sheep to better understand die-offs

Scientists trap bighorn sheep to better understand die-offs

JACKSON, Wyo. — The female bighorn sheep looked like two sacks of potatoes as the helicopter lowered them to the ground. Blindfolded and hobbled, they stayed motionless while a crew of wildlife biologists, game wardens and a veterinarian ran to them to begin testing.

February 02, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Wyoming's Platte Valley residents brace for energy boom

Wyoming's Platte Valley residents brace for energy boom

PLATTE VALLEY, Wyo. — Jim and Matt McCaulley travel to Saratoga every year out of love for their father and a valley that never seems to change.

January 19, 2014 1:20 pm Photos

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