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Study team starts to trap Teton grizzlies

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Federal biologists have started trapping and tagging grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park.

The effort by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team is aimed at keeping tabs on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzlies.

The grizzly trapping in the Tetons will continue until mid-October.

All trapping operations are located in the backcountry and away from hiking trails and campsites.

The precise locations where the study team sets its traps are not publicized.

Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said biologists don’t want people interfering with their work.

Skaggs said bears were last targeted in Teton park either two or three years ago.

Yellowstone boats must be inspected

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — All watercraft entering Yellowstone National Park must be inspected for aquatic invasive species.

National Park Service staff conduct inspections seven days per week at the Bridge Bay and Grant Village boat ramps and at the South Entrance Ranger Station.

Boats intended for use on Lewis Lake must be inspected at Grant Village or the South Entrance before launching.

All motorized and non-motorized watercraft, including float tubes, must also have a Yellowstone boat permit. The Park Service says Grand Teton National Park permits are no longer valid for boating in Yellowstone.

Boat and float tube permits can be purchased at various parks facilities.

Motorized boating is only allowed on Yellowstone and Lewis lakes, while non-motorized boating is allowed on most other park lakes.

Group favoring wolf hunt submits petition

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group that favors hunting wolves in Michigan has turned in 374,000 petition signatures to bring the matter before lawmakers.

Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management said Tuesday its proposed initiated law would override two referendums on the November ballot intended to stop wolf hunting. Once election officials certify the measure, the Republican-led Legislature will have 40 days to vote.

If lawmakers don’t pass it, it will go to voters.

The proposal would allow the Legislature or the appointed Natural Resources Commission to designate a species as game that could be hunted. The commission would be responsible for scheduling hunting seasons, based on scientific fish and wildlife management principles.

Michigan last year held its first wolf hunt since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago.

Wild sheep to be transplanted in Mont.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials plan another attempt to reintroduce wild sheep to parts of the Madison Range and are considering a second reintroduction in the Paradise Valley.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks had planned to capture bighorn sheep from the Quake Lake herd this past winter and transplant them to the Wolf Creek drainage farther north. The plans were cancelled after three animals from the herd died of pneumonia.

Wildlife commissioners on Thursday gave officials approval to try again after the mortality in the Quake Lake herd ended up being low.

Officials are investigating a second transplant of sheep from the Missouri Breaks to the Livingston Peak area of the Paradise Valley.

A state plan calls for five new bighorn sheep transplants by 2022.

Wyoming governor urges grizz delisting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is again asking the federal government to remove grizzly bears from the endangered species list.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wrote to Mead in late 2013 saying she expected to make a decision in early 2014 and take final action this year.

Mead says in a statement that Wyoming has managed grizzly bears under federal control responsibly for years and there’s no reason to wait any longer to return control of grizzly bears to the states. The governor points out that Wyoming has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on research that finds grizzly bears are expanding in population and range.

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