Rockies Today, Feb. 1



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Researcher says eagle killed by Montana snare was part of Wyoming study
Bryan Bedrosian, a biologist with the Beringia South, said that one of the golden eagles that recently died in a snare trap in Montana, was part of a multiyear study the Wyoming group was doing to try to find the cause of the decline in the number of the migratory raptors.
Jackson Hole Daily; Feb. 1

USFWS to propose wolverine for listing on endangered species list
Citing concerns about climate change on wolverine habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose today putting the snow-loving carnivore in the lower 48 states on the federal endangered species list.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Feb. 1

Study tracks airborne contamination, sources in Alberta oilsands country
The new book, "Alberta Oil Sands: Energy, Industry and the Environment," publishes the results of a four-year study completed in 2012 by an international team of scientists along with staff from the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, that tracks airborne contaminants from various point sources in Alberta's oilsands country.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 31

Enbridge has 4 pipeline projects in the works to move Alberta oil to market
While TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline to move an estimated 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta crude to market has been the focus of much debate, another Canadian pipeline company, Enbridge, is moving forward with expansion and construction plans that will move more than 1 million barrels per day of crude from Alberta, Montana and North Dakota to market.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 31

Energy minister says Alberta interested in shipping oil to Alaska
On Thursday, Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes said that while the province is interested in shipping oil by rail to Delta Junction, Alaska, where it would then be put in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and flow to the Port of Valdez for export overseas, officials are unlikely to contribute $10 million for a feasibility study of building the nearly 1,500-mile rail line needed.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 31

BLM issues new wild horse policies
The Bureau of Land Management released a dozen new policy initiatives focused on "compassion and concern" for wild horses, designed to make gathers more humane.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Feb. 1

Idaho DEQ wants fish-consumption study to improve water quality
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality asked lawmakers to provide $300,000 for a study tracking how much fish Idahoans eat each week, because the federal Environmental Protection Agency bases its water-quality standards for states in part on how much fish residents eat.
Boise State Public Radio; Feb. 1

National Park Service plans pilot project to improve internet connectivity
National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said it's likely that a short list of national parks where the agency will launch a campaign to improve cellular and Internet connectivity will be released next week, and that Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado was not on the list of 10 or 12 parks considered for the project.
Boulder Daily Camera; Feb. 1

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