Helena, Mont. – A new Yellowstone National Park bison management proposal calls for more aggressive hazing of the animals back into the park and other measures to reduce the number sent to slaughter.
It is one option a group of state and federal agencies is reviewing as it attempts to build more flexibility into a program that killed a record 1,600 bison in 2008. The effort follows a strong critique last year from the Government Accountability Office that said state and federal agencies have done little to stem the slaughter.
Jackson, Wyo. – A 31-year-old man charged with homicide by vehicle is accused of being under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the crash that killed an Oregon man in northwest Wyoming.
Charging documents say Nathaniel Anthony Hubbs, of Jackson, had several bottles of antidepressants, muscle relaxants and painkillers in his 2004 GMC Yukon at the time of the crash on Saturday.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Health says newly compiled statistics show deaths in the state linked to prescription drug abuse more than doubled from 2005 to 2008.
The department said Tuesday that a review of official death records in its Vital Statistics Services Program found a total of 50 prescription drug deaths in 2005 and 103 in 2008. There were 90 such deaths in 2006 and 96 in 2007.