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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - WY: Public Lands/Wilderness

A new report calls on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to establish oil and gas bonds based on the actual cost of reclamation at each well. (Simon Fraser University)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming could see hundreds of oil and gas wells abandoned as over-leveraged operators declare bankruptcy, according to a new report. The report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils says historically low oil prices and falling demand because of coronavirus restrictions

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

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