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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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, …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wyoming's 2014 fire season is anyone's guess

The same infernos that engulfed Wyoming and the West in 2012 were expected for 2013. Governments planned and firefighters prepared for what they feared could be a repeat of the worst fire season on record.

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Family mourns Newcastle teen's death as cousin recovers from rollover accident

Family mourns Newcastle teen's death as cousin recovers from rollover accident

NEWCASTLE — The last clothes Wyatt Pillen would ever wear lay neatly on his bed. At the foot was an embroidered Future Farmers of America jacket. Next to it a T-shirt from a junior firefighter program. Near his pillow was an orange high school basketball jersey he would never get the chance …

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Newcastle junior firefighter dies in highway rollover

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. — A 15-year old Newcastle junior firefighter died Monday morning after his car rolled over Sunday afternoon west of town.

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Book published by Washakie museum to be model for recording family histories

Book published by Washakie museum to be model for recording family histories

Edith Healy wrote everything down. She documented sandy hills and dried-up grass, snowcapped mountains and cottonwood lined-creeks. She wrote about train travel and of life in a sheep wagon.

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Grizzly bears move closer to possible delisting

Grizzly bears move closer to possible delisting

CASPER, Wyo. — Grizzly bear survival in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem does not depend on the future of whitebark pine cones, according to recent research presented Thursday by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, a group of federal and state researchers.

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Grizzly deaths down by half in Yellowstone area

Grizzly deaths down by half in Yellowstone area

The number of grizzly bear deaths declined by more than 50 percent this year in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, according to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

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Bat may land on endangered species list

Bat may land on endangered species list

One of Wyoming’s 15 resident bat species could find itself on the endangered species list because of threats it faces outside of the Cowboy State.

October 27, 2013 12:00 pm Photos

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Groups work foot by foot to fix Encampment River

Groups work foot by foot to fix Encampment River

RIVERSIDE — Man wasn’t always kind to the Encampment River.

October 27, 2013 12:00 pm Photos

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Bills would increase Game and Fish funding, speed energy development

CASPER, Wyo. — If legislators don't fully fund the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, it won’t be able to meet deadlines during energy production permitting, further delaying projects, an oil and gas company representative told a state Legislature committee Tuesday.

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Wyoming legislators tackle Game and Fish budget woes

Wyoming legislators tackle Game and Fish budget woes

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s budget woes are gaining more attention from Wyoming residents, according to some outdoor organizations.

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Debate continues over costly Wyoming elk feedgrounds

Debate continues over costly Wyoming elk feedgrounds

Elk pour down the mountains each fall, marching ahead of deep snow and looking for food. Thousands gather in the same places year after year on feedgrounds where state or national wildlife officials spread hay across the ground each morning.

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Janeth Youngholm: The Pioneer

CASPER, Wyo. — Janet Youngholm met her partner after a softball game in rural Wyoming. She doesn't remember the exact town anymore. It was the late '70s, and Youngholm was spending the summer working on a cattle ranch.

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Mike Fostmeier: The operations manager

CASPER, Wyo. — Mike Fostmeier, 26, is the operations manager for his family's Casper construction company. He works in a conservative industry in a conservative state. And he's gay.

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Wyoming symphony grows as others struggle

Wyoming symphony grows as others struggle

Symphonies aren’t supposed to be stuffy or elitist. People used to bring wine and throw tomatoes in the original concert halls. They were more like jazz nightclubs.

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Casper Audubon Center closes

Casper Audubon Center closes

Anne Hines saw her first hoary redpoll at the Audubon Center at Garden Creek. She was the one who spotted the bird’s unusual white breast.

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Fate of Yellowstone grizzlies tied to key foods

Fate of Yellowstone grizzlies tied to key foods

OUTSIDE OF MEETEETSE, Wyo. — High above the trees, in the rocky slopes of the Absarokas, one-calorie morsels scurried from the light. They crawled under rocks and in dark shadows.

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Undercover investigators solve heinous wildlife crimes

Undercover investigators solve heinous wildlife crimes

CASPER, Wyo. — The death threat itself didn’t bother Mike Ehlebracht. He’d been threatened plenty times before.

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More dinosaurs found in rare triceratops dig in northeast Wyoming

More dinosaurs found in rare triceratops dig in northeast Wyoming

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. — Somewhere south of Newcastle, amid the wide-open prairie and rolling hills, rests a mass grave. A femur here. A tooth there. A tip of a tail barely poking through the ground somewhere else.

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Grand Teton National Park rangers use Tasers on 2 people

CASPER, Wyo. — Two people were stunned with a Taser recently in separate incidents in Grand Teton National Park. The first was because of mental illness, the second intoxication, park spokesperson Jackie Skaggs said. It was the first time this summer the park’s rangers used their Tasers to s…

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Hollywood uses Wyoming for more than mountains and cowboys

Hollywood uses Wyoming for more than mountains and cowboys

CASPER, Wyo. — Many of the posters are what you’d expect of movies filmed in the Cowboy State. Think Charlton Heston, somber and bearded, in “The Mountain Men” or John Wayne holding a damsel in “The Big Trail.”

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