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Hunt is on for grizzly bear sow in Montana that killed 60 sheep
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are tracking a grizzly bear sow that killed 60 sheep last week in a couple of different locations near Conrad, and agents said that if the bear is found to have been involved in previous livestock depredations, it will likely be euthanized.
Helena Independent Record (Great Falls Tribune); June 25
Gunfire-sparked wildfires in Utah has governor asking counties for help
The 20th wildfire in Utah caused by gunfire ignited on Friday, pushing more than 9,000 people out of their homes, and with Gov. Gary Herbert's hands tied by federal and state laws that prohibit him from enacting an emergency ban on gun use, he's pleading with county officials to enact such a ban.
Christian Science Monitor; June 24
Wildfire near Colorado Springs sends thousands fleeing
The Waldo Waldo Canyon Fire first reported at midnight on Saturday forced the evacuation of thousands of residents of Manitou Springs fleeing, and the now-3,446-acre wildfire in Colorado is still keeping 6,000 of those residents away from their homes.
Denver Post; June 25
States, groups ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear roadless case
The Colorado Mining Association has been joined by eight states, ranching, mining and motorized recreation groups in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge of the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
Summit County Citizens Voice; June 25
Supreme Court: Montana law on corporate campaign cash unconstitutional
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to reaffirm its decision rendered two years ago that Montana's century-long ban on corporate campaign donations was unconstitutional.
Missoulian; June 25
Army battles with energy industry in Alberta on environmental issues
For three decades, the Army and the energy industry have been at odds over tapping the oil and gas resources on the Canadian Forces Base Suffield in Alberta.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 24
Roscoe-area residents rally against a Montana hydropower project
Residents of the East Rosebud Valley in Montana have gathered 900 signatures on a petition opposing proposals to put a small hydroelectric power plant on East Rosebud Creek.
Billings Gazette; June 25
Denver makes a play for summer outdoor gear trade show
Salt Lake City has hosted the Outdoor Retailer summer trade show in August since the first one was held in 1996, but the show has outgrown the Utah city's convention center and the plan to split the show between two venues has the trade show looking for new venues, with Denver making the short list of possible sites.
Denver Post; June 25
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