Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.
National Bison Legacy Act introduced in the U.S. Senate
Senators from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Rhode Island co-sponsored legislation introduced last week that would make the bison the national animal, giving wild bison some additional national recognition but no additional protections.
Flathead Beacon (AP); May 26
Congress considers 2 competing bills on Utah's Wasatch Range
Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop's legislation would allow developers of SkiLink, a proposed gondola to link two ski areas on Utah's Wasatch Range three miles apart, to skirt some federal and local regulations and would require the U.S. Forest Service to sell 30 acres of land to accommodate the project, involves the same tract of land that would be protected by U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson's Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act.
New York Times; May 27
Mountain lions take a toll on wolves in Montana's Bitterroot Valley
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologist Liz Bradley said mountain lions killed two wolves in the Bitterroot Valley since the first of this year, and two wolves were probably killed last year by the big cats.
Ravalli Republic; May 27
USFS awards Montana firm contract for firefighting jet
As part of the U.S. Forest Service's move to the next generation of air tankers, the agency approved Missoula-based Neptune Aviation's BAe-146 jet tanker to fly June 2 through October 5.
Missoulian; May 26
Researchers trace path of disease from wildlife to humans and back
Raina K. Plowright, a scientist from the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State who is based in Bozeman, is in the emerging field of eco-immunology, which is trying to understand the immune systems of wildlife to gain a better knowledge about how the human immune system works.
New York Times; May 26
EPA releases plan to cut emissions from Wyoming power plants
The Environmental Protection Agency's recently released plan to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming accelerates the process, and the federal agency will hold public hearings on the accelerated proposal on June 26 in Cheyenne and June 28 in Rock Springs.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 28
Report says 96% of Colorado in drought
The U.S. Drought Monitor report released last week said that in northwest Colorado drought conditions are extreme.
Vail Daily; May 29
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