More grizzly bears roam outside Yellowstone park

FILE - This July 6, 2011, file photo shows a grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recorded 223 cases of conflicts between grizzly bears and humans last year. The number is down from the previous year but more conflicts are occurring in areas outside established bear habitat. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A growing number of grizzly bears are moving outside their established habitat in and around Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, causing more conflicts with humans, according to wildlife managers.

Montana geologist finds new Bitterroot fault line

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 23-24 AND THEREAFTER - In a Sept. 11, 2017 photo, geologist Jeff Lonn points to a "scarp" where an earthquake separated land along the lower east face of the Bitterroots. A mapping method known as LIDAR that was being used to look at floodplains in the Bitterroot Valley turned up when two Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology experts believe is a new fault scarp in the Bitterroot Valley. (Eve Byron/Ravalli Republic via AP)

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A mapping method used to look at floodplains in the Bitterroot Valley turned up something unexpected: a new fault line that just might cross under the Lake Como Dam.

Cliven Bundy firing lawyer with trial approaching

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, Cliven Bundy, stands at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville Nev. Bundy's defense attorney, Bret Whipple, is seeking to withdraw from Nevada cattleman and state's rights figure's case, less than three weeks before trial begins for Bundy and six other defendants. (John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cliven Bundy’s defense attorney says the Nevada cattleman and state’s rights figure is firing him, less than three weeks before trial stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents.

Monarch butterflies might vanish from NW summers

Monarch butterfly researchers Emma Pelton, Cameron Thomas and Cheryl Schultz, from left, hike into the McCormack Unit of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge near Irrigon, Ore. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2017 as part of a study into Monarch breeding habitat. Several clumps of milkweed at the site are providing areas for the monarch caterpillar. (Bob Brawdy/Tri-City Herald via AP)

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Children in the northwest might not see the fluttering orange and black wings of a Monarch butterfly on a summer day a few decades from now.

Breaking birding record only beginning for OR man

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 23-24 AND THEREAFTER - In a Sept. 5, 2017 photo, Noah Strycker is seen at his home in Creswell, Oregon. Strycker astonished birdwatching enthusiasts in 2015, when he demolished the old record for most bird species identified in a single year with a jaw-dropping 6,042, besting the old mark by more than 1,700 species. (/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — On Dec. 31, 2014, Noah Strycker was celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, basking in a cruise ship hot tub with a bottle of champagne in each hand.

Prineville preteen fills coveted bighorn sheep tag

This photo taken Sept. 8, 2017, shows Matthew Kline and his twelve-year-old daughter Jordan Phillips who recently went on a bighorn sheep hunt in the White Horse Unit in Oregon after Jordan drew a tag of a life time. Jordan is exceedingly lucky to have drawn a bighorn sheep tag _ or permission to harvest such an animal in a designated area _ as she did in June. Each year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife organizes a lottery-like drawing for a variety of hunting opportunities throughout public land in the state. The chance for Kline’s daughter to win the privilege cost him about $140. (Ryan Brennecke /The Bulletin via AP)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Phillips had trekked four days on foot and four-wheeler over challenging terrain in southeastern Oregon. Accompanied by her father, Matthew Kline, the 12-year-old was on her first hunt for a bighorn sheep.

Pumpkin growing champion tries to beat own record

Matt McConkie has grown a nearly 2,000 pound pumpkin. He was photographed in his Washington Terrace, Utah, greenhouse, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. ((Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who’s loved giant pumpkins since childhood is trying to set a state record for the second time with a nearly 2,000-pound gourd he’s been tending with scientific precision.

Loud talkers beware: Reno buses will be listening

FILE - In this March 2, 2016 file photo, a passenger boards a city bus while the driver looks on at the bus station in downtown Reno, Nev. A federal judge has given northern Nevada's largest public transit system the green light to begin recording audio along with video surveillance on city buses despite objections from the bus drivers' union that it's an illegal invasion of privacy. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du said in a ruling this week neither the drivers nor their passengers have a right to privacy because conversations on public buses are not private. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has given northern Nevada’s largest public transit system the green light to begin recording audio along with video surveillance on city buses despite objections from the bus drivers’ union that it’s an illegal invasion of privacy.

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