Monday, March 10, 2014

Rockies Today, March 10

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 11:56 AM

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Winter cull of Yellowstone National Park bison done
Yellowstone National Park officials said management actions to reduce the number of bison in the park are done for the winter, with 263 bison killed by hunters, 258 rounded up and given to tribes for slaughter and 60 transferred alive to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research.
Jackson Hole Daily; March 10

Latest Farm Bill reflects shift in Americans' menus
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow was instrumental in getting the current Farm Bill through Congress, and it's no surprise that that state's diverse agricultural industry is reflected in changes in federal funding for fruit and vegetable farmers who had largely been shut out of federal crop insurance programs.
New York Times; March 8

Utah, Colorado cities among U.S. areas where transit use increased
The American Public Transportation Association released a report today that said 10.65 billion passenger trips were taken on U.S. transit systems during 2013, the highest reported since 1956, and surpassing the 10.58 billion reported in 2008, when gasoline prices increased from $4 a gallon to $5 a gallon, and that Utah led the nation in increase in the use of light-commuter rail.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 10

Research: Roads in Alberta bear habitat a factor in declining populations
An analysis of data on grizzly bear deaths in Alberta done by the Foothills Research Institute found that road density in grizzly bear habitat had a direct effect on bear numbers, with female bears with cubs more likely to die from road-related incidents and younger bears more likely to die from human conflicts near roads than older bears.
Calgary Herald; March 10

Montana FWP radio-collars 65 elk in Bitterroot Valley for 2-year study
Researchers with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have radio-collared 45 cows and 20 bull elk in the Bitterroot Valley to learn more about the ungulates' changing habits.
Missoulian; March 10

Federal studies: Colorado coal leases undervalued
Studies done by the Inspector General of the Department of Interior Department, the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee all found that coal leases in Colorado sold over the past four years should have brought in millions of dollars more than they did.
Denver Post; March 10

Energy companies put buying coal leases in Wyoming on hold
The mines in Wyoming's Powder River Basin have years of coal in reserve, which means mining will proceed despite no federal coal leases have sold since June of 2012, and none are expected to sell until 2015, and although the U.S. Department of Interior hasn't responded to requests made last year to impose a moratorium on coal leasing, a de facto hold appears to be in progress.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); March 10

BLM approves uranium mine in Wyoming's Fremont County
Cameco Resources obtained the final permit needed to operate a uranium mine in Wyoming's Fremont County, although with prices so low, mining won't begin any time soon.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 7

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