Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Rockies Today, Aug. 30

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Yellowstone Park officials confirm grizzly bear killed hiker
Park Service officials have confirmed that the Michigan man found dead on the Mary Mountain trail about five miles west of the Hayden Valley trailhead in Yellowstone National Park was killed by a grizzly bear, and that they have DNA samples from the scene that could allow them to identify the specific bear involved in the attack, and if that happens, they will remove the bear.
Jackson Hole Daily; Aug. 30

Encounters with grizzly bears on the rise in Idaho
The number of grizzly bears is on the rise in Yellowstone National Park and also in areas of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, as are the number of encounters with humans in Idaho communities such as Driggs and Island Park.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 30

Wind developer in Wyoming adds mitigation bank
Jeff Meyer and Michael Fraley purchased the Pathfinder Ranch in central Wyoming with a plan to build a massive wind-energy project on the land, but the land also had several sage grouse core areas, so the co-founders of Pathfinder LLC, moved the wind farm to southeastern Wyoming near Chugwater, and plans a mitigation bank to offset the industrial development to the Pathfinder Ranch.
WyoFile.com; Aug. 30

'Smart collars' will provide wealth of data on wildlife
Researchers are refining collars with global positioning technology, as well as accelerometers for that will measure how much time animals spend leaping, running or sleeping.
New York Times; Aug. 30

Colorado city pushes water conservation
Durango's 2011 Water Efficiency Management Plan puts a 2015 deadline on the Colorado city to decide whether to raise water rates or mandate conservation requirements, but such mandates may be hard to push through with the Animas and Florida rivers rushing nearby. Third in the Durango Herald's four-part series on the Animas River.
Durango Herald; Aug. 30

Lightning wallops Wyoming park, ignites wildfires
A storm that moved through Grand Teton National Park between Friday and Sunday rained down more than 6,700 lightning strikes, igniting several wildfires in the Wyoming park.
Jackson Hole Daily; Aug. 30

ATK opens new airplane-component manufacturing plant in Utah
Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s new $100-million plant in Clearfield is expected to bring 800 new high-paying jobs to that Utah community over the next two decades.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 30

Idaho's wolf hunt opens today
The second wolf hunting season in Idaho opens today in all 13 hunting districts.
Idaho Falls Post-Register (AP); Aug. 30

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