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Public News Service - WY: Public Lands/Wilderness

Data collected by researchers show that the majority of streams on public lands are contaminated by fecal bacteria from livestock. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Environmental watchdog groups are eager to get back in the field after a Wyoming federal district court this week struck down so-called data trespass laws. Erik Molvar, executive director of the Western Watersheds Project, says by threatening citizens with jail time for coll

Federal scientists use radio-telemetry collars, such as the one on this elk, to monitor characteristics of healthy herds. (National Park Service)

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – As snow returns to Wyoming's mountain regions, elk are beginning their annual migration toward winter ranges. But some elk in the western part of the state will have to work for their meals after a recent U.S. district court revoked a long-term deal for a state-run feedi

In 2016, visits to western BLM lands resulted in 2.8 million fishing trips. (USFWS)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching on Bureau of Land Management lands generate more than $3 billion in economic activity annually, according to a new Southwick Associates study. The report is the first to document how these specific activities across 12 western states su

Aspen stands play a critical role in local ecosystems by providing habitat for birds, insects and various kinds of plants. (Pixabay)

CODY, Wyo. – Aspen trees are on the rebound in and around Yellowstone National Park, and a new report says predators deserve the credit. Luke Painter, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author, says the trees were in decline for decades largely because

Land and Water Conservation Fund state assistance grants have supported hundreds of projects across Wyoming, including Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. (National Park Service)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which taps a portion of offshore drilling fees to ensure recreational access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities on public lands, could effectively be shut down on September 30 unless Congress acts. The program is authorized

Pryor Mountain wild horses are descendants of horses brought to the North American continent by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. (BLM)

LOVELL, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management is moving forward with plans to reduce the Pryor Mountain wild horse herd on the Montana-Wyoming border by 17 horses. Ginger Kathrens, executive director at the Cloud Foundation, a wild-horse advocacy group, said the planned roundup and removal wo

Scientists warn that increased oil and gas development in critical sage grouse habitat could cause more birds to abandon mating sites known as leks. (BLM)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Scientists are lining up in opposition to the U.S. Interior Department's proposed changes to the Greater Sage Grouse Management Plan. Twenty-one biologists and sage grouse experts sent a letter so Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging the agency to follow the best availa

Of the Bureau of Land Managements upcoming and newly offered oil and gas leasing on public lands, 76 percent are located inside protected sage grouse habitat across Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. (BLM)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management holds open house meetings in Wyoming this week on the agency's proposed changes to the Greater Sage-Grouse Management Plan. The plan was created by a host of stakeholders over several years to keep the bird off the Endangered Species List, after

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