The Rockies Today, Sept. 21



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Report issued on fatal mauling of hiker in Yellowstone National Park
Bear experts from around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that included representatives from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Yellowstone National Park completed an investigation of the fatal mauling of Brian Matayoshi on July 6 in the park, and released a report that said Matayoshi and his wife likely contributed to the attack by running away from the bear and yelling as it began to chase them.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Sept. 21

Former Interior official joins law firm that represents BP
Tom Strickland, who was Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's chief of staff in April of 2010, when the worst oil spill in the United States' history occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, has taken a job with WilmerHale, a law firm that is defending BP in the ongoing investigation into the oil spill.
Denver Post; Sept. 21

Montana takes public comment on proposed wildlife management area
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking public comment on a plan to acquire a 3,594 acres of former Plum Creek Timber land near Drummond purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 2004 as part of the 89,000-acre Blackfoot Community Project, and create the Douglas Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on the land. A public hearing on the proposal is set Oct. 4 in Drummond.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 20

Groups warn Montana lawsuit may be filed over coal mines' water permits
The Montana Environmental Information Center and Sierra Club put Montana on notice that they may file a lawsuit against the state if nothing is done to protect water quality downstream of coal mines.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 21

Utah federal lawmakers take aim at prairie dogs at airports, cemeteries
Under current federal law, prairie dogs can only be removed from agricultural land because they are protected under the Endangered Species Act, but Utah lawmakers want to extend that exemption to allow the burrowing rodents be removed from airports and cemeteries.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 21

Revised plans for ski village in Colorado revives old issues
Red McCombs' quest to build the Village at Wolf Creek near the Wolf Creek Ski Area has gone on for years, and at a visit to the site on Tuesday, it was clear that the Colorado project still has many opponents.
Durango Herald; Sept. 21

BLM wild-horse roundup begins in Colorado
Bureau of Land Management agents will gather horses in Colorado's Rio Blanco County beginning today.
Grand Junction Sentinel; Sept. 21

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