The Rockies Today, July 13



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Montana adds trapping to wolf hunting season
On Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission voted to add trapping to the state's wolf hunt and raised the per-hunter limit for wolves to three.
Helena Independent Record; July 13

U.S. House votes 256-160 to pass bill to ease permitting of mining projects
While Democratic foes of the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act," passed by the U.S. House on Thursday claimed the bill was just another Republican giveaway to the mining industry, GOP lawmakers said the measure merely gave the federal government the option of exempting some gold, copper, silver and uranium mine proposals on federal land from formal environmental reviews.
Washington Post (AP); July 13

Canada to leave regulation of hydraulic fracturing to provinces
Natural Resources Canada Minister Joe Oliver said regulation of hydraulic fracturing should be up to provinces and that his agency has no intention of taking a federal approach to monitoring water used by the drilling process nor the chemicals used in the process.
Edmonton Journal; July 13

Utah wildfire grows to 17,000 acres in a matter of hours
The Baboon Fire in Utah's Beaver County was first reported just after noon on Thursday, and by that evening had burned an estimated 17,000 acres.
Deseret News; July 13

Alberta has 49 wildfires burning in the province
There are currently 49 wildfires burning in Alberta, where on Thursday, additional crews were called to protect the tiny hamlet of Zama City from a wildfire that has burned 247,105 acres since lightning started it on June 21.
Edmonton Journal; July 13

Federal natural disasters declared in 1,000 counties in 26 states
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's natural disaster declaration on Thursday was the agency's largest ever, with 1,000 counties in 26 states included in the announcement, with 16 drought-stricken counties in Utah included in the declaration.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 13

Group's lawsuit seeks BLM grazing plan for Utah national monument
Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management seeking a plan to improve range conditions on 21 grazing allotments within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and to rest the remaining 67 other allotments in the Utah monument.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 13

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