The Rockies Today, July 24

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Interior Secretary: Delisting of Yellowstone grizzlies possible by 2014
In May, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead wrote to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressing his concerns about managing an ever-increasing population of grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park, and last week Salazar responded, indicating that he believed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would soon complete its court-ordered evaluation of how a decline in whitebark pine seeds, an important food source for the bears, would affect the population and that the bears would likely be delisted by 2014.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 24

Montana unveils a new plan to allow Yellowstone bison to wander year-round
On Monday, Montana officials released a plan that would allow bison from Yellowstone National Park to remain year-round in the Hebgen Basin and adjacent areas of the Gallatin National Forest, as well allowing some bison to roam north out of the park year-round into the Gardiner Basin.
Idaho Statesman (AP); July 24

Alberta premier says province won't share pipeline royalties with B.C.
After British Columbia officials indicated that the province may be more amenable to the Northern Gateway pipeline project if Alberta were willing to share some of the royalties on the oil that would flow through that pipeline, Premier Alison Redford made it clear that Alberta was not interested in such a financial deal.
Toronto Globe and Mail; July 24

Wyoming wildfire forces evacuation of campground
The 3,100-acre Seminoe Fire in north-central Wyoming forced the evacuation of the Miracle Mile Campground along the North Platte River.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 24

Montana issues drilling permits at a record-setting pace
The most oil drilling permits issued by the state of Montana was set in 2005, when 311 permits were issued, but as of the end of June this year, 228 oil drilling permits have been issued by the Big Sky State.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 24

Wyoming legislator's plan to open Missouri horse-slaughter plant stalls
Wyoming state Rep. Sue Wallis announced last month that her company, United Equine, would re-open a closed beef processing plant in Missouri and operate it as a horse-slaughter plant, but the company has yet to purchase the facility in Rockford, and legislation to withdraw federal funding for needed U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections is moving forward in the U.S. House.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 24

Bill would ban horse slaughter in Alberta
An Alberta lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban the slaughter of horses for meat in the Canadian province.
Calgary Herald; July 24

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