Laramie, WY – The 20th annual Wild Horse Roundup at the Wyoming honor farm gets underway tomorrow and Saturday.
Inmates at the Honor Farm train the horses and make them available for sale. They do this in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management who is trying to reduce the numbers of wild horses in Wyoming. Warden Ken Keller is a strong supporter of this program and others that give inmates a way to give back to society.
Laramie, WY – A wolf has been shot illegally in northwest Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it's the first known illegal killing of a wolf in the state since the animal was de-listed in March.
The Department's Eric Keszler says there's a three thousand dollar reward for information that leads to a conviction.
Cheyenne, WY – A specialist in American Indian law has criticized a federal court's ruling in the case of a Wyoming man who shot a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance. Sarah Krakoff at the University of Colorado in Boulder says the ruling follows a pattern of decisions that profess respect for American Indian religion while punishing individual tribal members.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week reinstated a misdemeanor criminal charge against Winslow Friday, a Northern Arapaho.
Billings, MT – Several hundred bison will be hazed back into Yellowstone National Park beginning Wednesday and lasting for several weeks, under a program to prevent the spread of a livestock disease.
Park spokesman Al Nash said the hazing will be done differently than last year, when hazed animals kept pushing back out of the park and into areas where cattle range. That stoked fears among the livestock industry that the bison could transmit brucellosis, a disease that causes cows to abort their young.
Laramie, WY – U.S. Senator John Barrasso reacted to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species by saying that it could be economically devastating to Wyoming and the nation.
But Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne said that the decision should not be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, power plants, and other sources. Polar bears are the first species affected by global warming to be protected by the Endangered Species Act.