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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 


Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 


Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - WY: Public Lands/Wilderness

Both sage grouse and pronghorn avoid oil and gas development, which has been shown to cause declines in their populations. (NPS)

PINEDALE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are challenging the Trump administration's plans to allow 3,500 new gas wells in southwestern Wyoming. Oil and gas companies welcomed the move to allow production on the Normally Pressured Lance Project, the 140,000-acre area south of Pinedale, but critics warn

Nearly 6,000 big game animals such as deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats die each year from collisions with vehicles on Wyoming's highways and interstates. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming took a big first step toward blazing a new trail on managing big game migration corridors when Gov. Mark Gordon signed an executive order last week. Dan Stanton, a biologist and sportsman's representative on the governor's advisory group on migration, says keeping paths o

Elk at winter feedlots are at risk of chronic wasting disease, which assaults the central nervous systems of elk, deer and moose, resulting in brain lesions, behavioral changes, a loss of body condition, and always death. (USFWS)

JACKSON, Wyo. -- A coalition of conservation groups is taking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court over the agency's proposal to postpone phasing out winter feeding at the Jackson Hole National Elk Refuge. Recent winters have seen more than 8,000 elk crowded on Refuge feedlines for alfalfa

Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the killing of up to 72 grizzly bears over the 10-year life of a livestock grazing program on public lands in Wyoming. (Janko Ferlic/Pexels)

JACKSON, Wyo. -- Wildlife advocates are pushing back on plans to allow 72 grizzly bears to be killed to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, said while grizzly populations have incre

The reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park led to improved waterway habitat, declining coyote and elk numbers, and an increase in beavers, birds, willow and aspen. (NPS)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- It's been 25 years since wolves were brought back into Yellowstone National Park, and park officials say the animal's future is on track to continue to be a healthy, contributing member of the Yellowstone family. Park representative Linda Veress says wolves have

Consumer demand for electric vehicles in Jackson has jumped by 300% since 2013. (Needpix)

JACKSON, Wyo. - Wyoming and other western mountain states are pressing ahead with a joint effort to deploy electric vehicle charging stations along interstate corridors and state highways. Alicia Cox, executive director of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition, says rural states such as Wyo

Migration routes allow mule deer and other species to move between winter habitat and areas with enough cover and food to give birth in spring. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Hunting groups are praising Gov. Mark Gordon for his work to protect the state's iconic migration corridors for mule deer and pronghorn antelope. The governor has released a draft executive order to key stakeholders, and Joy Bannon -- policy director for the Wyoming Wildlife Fede

Concentrated elk numbers at winter feedlots put animals at greater risk of contracting a number of diseases, including Chronic Wasting Disease, a condition caused by a malformed protein. (NPS)

JACKSON, Wyo. — On the heels of a court victory in fall 2018, conservation organizations are pressing Bridger-Teton Forest officials to not wait ten years, or even five years, to phase out winter feeding of elk east of Jackson Hole. Lloyd Dorsey, conservation program manager with the Sierra

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