Rockies Today, Oct. 17



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Western states search for reason mule deer populations declining
A recent report from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found mule deer populations in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Saskatchewan were in decline, and that, while Montana's mule deer populations in the central and eastern regions of the state were generally stable, the numbers in Western Montana were decreasing.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 17

Lawsuit filed to classify bison that roam off Mont. reservations as livestock
The debate about free-roaming bison in Montana moved into another chapter this week as Citizens for Balanced Use, United Property Owners of Montana, Valley County commissioners, Sen. Rick Ripley and other landowners asked a state district court to classify bison that roam off reservations as livestock.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 17

Wyoming debates future of winter elk-feeding program
After several years of harsh winter weather in the early 1900s, Wyoming began feeding elk herds in that state in 1911, and the cost of doing is estimated to grow to more than $2 million this winter at a time when the state Game and Fish Department is examining ways to decrease spending, and those financial constraints as well as concern that the congregation of large number of elk could fuel chronic wasting disease, has state officials exploring its options on the feeding program.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 17

Animal-rights groups release mink from U.S., Canadian farms
Since July, the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, which identifies itself as a pipeline for information from animal-rights activists, said that mink have been released from eight farms in the U.S. and Canada, including Utah.
New York Times; Oct. 17

Utah's robust job market makes Salt Lake City tops in rental market, too
Seattle-based All Property Management, one of the leading property-management firms in the United States, ranked Salt Lake City as one of the top markets for return on investment for rental properties, and the company said the state's 4 percent job growth between 2012 and 2013 was the primary factor for the healthy real-estate rental market.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 17

Portuguese company to build fruit-processing plant in Idaho
Frulact Group, an international fruit company headquartered in Portugal, looked at locations in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada for its first fruit preparation and processing plant in the U.S., and decided on Rupert, with plans to build the Idaho plant this year and have it up and running by the fourth quarter of 2014, and providing an estimated 100 jobs.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 17

Colorado oil, gas group spent $600K on hydraulic-fracturing fight
The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission contributed 99.7 percent of the $606,205 donated to fight four anti-hydraulic fracturing ballot measures in the state, about 40 times more than the $15,725.36 raised by campaigns to limit drilling in Fort Collins, Boulder, Lafayette and Broomfield.
Denver Post; Oct. 17

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