Rockies Today, Feb. 13

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U. of Montana professors tout NWF's 'Wildlife in a Warming World'
On Tuesday, University of Montana professors Steve Running and Diana Six, Todd Tanner of Conservation Hawk, and Greater Yellowstone Coalition climate change program director Scott Christensen joined forces to call attention to the National Wildlife Federation's "Wildlife in a Warming World" report.
Great Falls Tribune; Feb. 13

Montana FWP launches moose study in 3 areas of state
Biologists have radio-collared 12 cow moose in three regions of the state to learn more about the populations in the East Cabinet study area south of Libby, the Big Hole and along the Eastern Front of the Rockies.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; Feb. 13

U.S. Sen. Udall hears concerns from local firefighters in Colorado
On Sunday, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall was in Vail, meeting with local firefighters and police to talk about the upcoming wildfire season, where drought and a lack of federal funding could further complicate firefighting, and Udall said that he was in talks with the Air Force to adapt seven C-130 transport planes to use as makeshift air tankers before the season starts, although one person at the meeting noted that an 800-acre wildfire in southeast Colorado over the weekend indicated that fire season is already here.
Vail Daily; Feb. 13

Wolves take a toll on moose in national park in Wyoming
Researchers from the Wyoming Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found 43 wolf-killed moose in the northern end of Grand Teton National Park in the winters of 2010 and 2011, and early data indicate 13 killed in the winter of 2012.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Feb. 13

Oil, gas operator in Colorado has another spill incident
PDC Energy's eighth incident in Colorado so far this year involving oil and gas drilling operations occurred on Monday, when a well began spewing hydraulic fracturing fluid and continued to do so for 30 hours, and the company reported 27 oil and gas releases and spills in 2012, 12 of which resulted in groundwater contamination.
The Coloradaon (Fort Collins); Feb. 13

Debate over gun-related bills draws a crowd in Colorado
Party-line votes in a committee of the Colorado House on Tuesday advanced legislation to require background checks in private sales of guns and to limit magazine capacity.
Denver Post; Feb. 13

Colorado firm makes transition from corn to wood in ethanol process
Windsor-based Front Range Energy is putting new biomass technology to work turning waste wood into ethanol, and the Colorado company plans to move into commercial production next year.
Denver Post; Feb. 13

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