Monday, July 9, 2012

The Rockies Today, July 9

Posted by on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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Grizzly bears' taste for chicken signs their death warrants in Montana
More Montanans are raising their own chickens, and in some areas of the state where their backyards sit in grizzly bear habitat, the hens are enticing bears to an untimely end.
New York Times; July 7

Comments on changes to Montana's wolf plan continue to flood in
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will decide Thursday on changes to the state's wolf management plan that may include adding a trapping option, and commission members said there will be public comment taken at that meeting in addition to the 6,500 or so that have been received thus far.
Helena Independent Record; July 9

Wildlife Services remove 45 wolves in Montana so far this year
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel said that the 47 wolves killed for livestock depredation in 2011 was an anomaly, and the 45 removed so far this year was more of a return to normal.
Helena Independent Record; July 9

Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to vote on mountain lion plan Tuesday
A dramatic increase in the mountain lion population in northeast corner of the state prompted the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to consider changes in the mountain lion hunting regulations and the commission will vote on those changes Tuesday.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 9

Storm pushes Idaho wildfire from 1,400 acres to 80,000 acres
The Kinyon Road Fire in southern Idaho ignited on Saturday and by Sunday evening had burned across 80,000 acres, primarily federal lands.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 9

Canadian scientists plan 'funeral march' before Parliament to protest cuts
On Tuesday, hundreds of Canadian scientists plan to march on Parliament hill to protest planned budget cuts that the scientists said will be the "death of evidence."
Calgary Herald (Postmedia); July 8

Drought threatens Colorado crops, leads to water restrictions
Corn crops in Weld County are wilting in the field, and ranchers in the Colorado county are selling their cattle as there is no graze; wild horses had to be moved out of the Douglass Pass area as their water supply dried up; and communities such as Steamboat Springs and Aspen are asking residents to curb water use.
Denver Post; July 9

Wyoming ranchers forced to sell cattle due to lack of graze
Ranchers in Wyoming are selling their cattle in droves as the drought has dried up pastures and limited hay production.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 9

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