The Rockies Today, Oct. 1



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Wolf hunting zone in Montana closes after quota filled
A hunting zone in Montana outside of Glacier National Park closed after an archery hunter took a wolf, filling the quota for one of the two hunting zones that have quotas.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Sept. 28

Wyoming posts task force's recommendations on Pinedale ozone
The 25-member task force charged with coming up with recommendations on how to reduce reduce emissions in the Upper Green River Basin in Wyoming submitted its list to the state Department of Environmental Quality on Sept. 19, with proposals to reduce emissions from drill rigs, storage tanks and compressors.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 1

Idaho study: No problems with hatchery, wild salmon interbreeding
A long-term study of summer chinook in Idaho's Johnson Creek found that the interbreeding of hatchery salmon with wild salmon had no ill effects, thus supporting "hatchery supplementation" of salmon populations done by tribes in the Northwest for years.
Portland Oregonian; Oct. 1

Wyoming wolf hunt begins today
As of Friday afternoon, 2,236 licenses to hunt wolves in Wyoming's first season had been sold, with a quota of 52 wolves allowed to be taken in northwest Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 1

BLM to gather, remove 3,500 wild horses in six Western states
Drought has taken a toll on wild horses ranges in Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming, and today, the Bureau of Land Management will begin roundups that will last through February to remove 3,500 wild horses from those ranges.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 1

Investigation finds BLM sells 70 percent of wild horses to one buyer
Since 2009, Colorado livestock hauler Tom Davis has purchased 1,700 wild horses sold by the Bureau of Land Management, which is 70 percent of all the horses sold during that time.
Denver Post (ProPublica); Oct. 1

Expenditures by company to build Idaho landfill questioned
Dynamis, the company Ada County contracted with to build a waste-to-power generation plant at one of the Idaho county's landfills, used some of the money to buy computers and software, and paid engineers at a much higher rate than other county contractors paid on other contracts.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 1

Colorado company using fiber from beetle-killed trees in cattle feed
Five Rivers Cattle Feeding in Colorado is using small amounts of fiber from beetle-killed trees in their cattle feed, with no adverse health effects seen so far.
Denver Post (Greeley Tribune); Oct. 1

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