Rockies Today, Nov. 13



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Grizzly bear numbers in Yellowstone ecosystem climb despite deaths
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department estimates that the number of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem that includes areas of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming increased from an estimated 593 last year to 608 this year, despite the 44 grizzly bear deaths reported in 2011.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 13

Montana FWP, DNRC plan land purchases near Canadian border
The Montana State Lands Board will vote today on $5.8-million in land deals today, including 4,505 acres of a Milk River ranch owned by Aageson Grain and Cattle, with 2,992 acres to be purchased by the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks and 1,513 acres to be bought by the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 12

Officials with Colorado national monument launches listening process
Colorado National Monument Superintendent Lisa Eckert said she'll sit down with residents and groups to listen to the opportunities and challenges such events as the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race could bring to the national monument.
Denver Post; Nov. 13

Outdoor retailers ask president for new Utah national monument
In a letter dated Nov. 13, the Outdoor Industry Association and dozens of outdoor-related businesses, asked President Obama to designate the more than 1 million acres of federal lands surrounding Canyonlands National Park in Utah as a national monument.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 13

Crime rates rise on reservations as federal policing falls
In the past few years, rates of murder and rape have increased dramatically on the nation's tribal reservations, while federal law enforcement funding has been reduced.
New York Times; Nov. 13

NPS pulls record number of lake trout of Yellowstone Lake
Yellowstone National Park's ongoing efforts to cull voracious lake trout that are feasting on native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake culled 300,000 lake trout this year, a record since the work began nearly two decades ago.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Nov. 13

Wolverine that wandered from Wyoming to Colorado still roaming solo
Wolverines, much like polar bears, depend on colder climes to survive, and the arrival of M56, the juvenile male wolverine that made its way from Wyoming into the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in 2009, makes that state a likely place to provide a staging ground for the species' survival.
Denver Post; Nov. 11

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