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  • Wildlife officials warn residents of rabbit-killing disease

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, Lander Journal|Jun 20, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange LANDER - Wildlife officials are warning of a disease that is killing rabbits in Wyoming, and are seeking the public's help in identifying dead rabbits to monitor the spread of the disease. Called Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2), the disease targets all of Wyoming's lagomorphs, including game and nongame species such as cottontail rabbits, jack rabbits and pygmy rabbits, explained Jessica Jennings-Gaines, Game and Fish wildlife disease specialist. "Any rabbit... Full story

  • 'The world is watching.' WGF Commission over wolf case

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, The Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 18, 2024

    RIVERTON — State troopers and regional law enforcement agents staged barricades and a decontamination unit at Riverton City Hall and stood poised to intervene if the dozens of death threats lodged against state wildlife officials were realized. And while speakers filed up to the podium and zoomed into the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s meeting in Riverton Wednesday with decorum, the topic of the day was one of violence – what’s been described as the torture of a young female wolf allegedly run down by Cody Roberts earlier this month, its mo... Full story

  • WYDOT proposes $285M Jackson overpass

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, Lander Journal via WNE|Mar 28, 2024

    WYDOT on Friday announced plans for a $285 million overpass over Jackson Hole's city core, citing long-standing complaints from every driver who has ever passed through the tourist spot. The overpass would begin near the edge of the National Elk Refuge on the outskirts of town and arch over the city's downtown, allowing drivers to steer clear of traffic snarls and snow bunnies crossing the busy intersections leading into Jackson's core. The overpass would then merge on Teton Pass Highway just be... Full story

  • Tribe pushes back on hunting

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, Lander Journal|Feb 22, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange LANDER — The 2019 U.S. Supreme Court decision Herrera v. Wyoming upheld tribal rights to hunt on unoccupied off-reservation land, ruling that Wyoming’s statehood didn’t supersede the treaty rights of tribal members. In the case, Wyoming officials attempted to cite a group of Crow reservation hunters for poaching after the party followed three elk from Montana into Wyoming in the Big Horn National Forest and shot them, then took them home for food. In the wake of that decision, Wyoming has tried to figure out how it ca... Full story

  • Felony child abuse charges filed after boy found beaten, starved

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, The Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 14, 2023

    RIVERTON — When law enforcement officials found the 13-year-old boy, his back reportedly had multiple healing fractures, his nose was broken, and he’d lost around 10 pounds, among other serious injuries. Nearly his entire face was bruised and swollen, and he had bruises and lacerations across his body, according to federal charges filed last week. The criminal affidavit alleges Truman Sittingeagle and Kandace Van Fleet starved, beat and locked the boy in a room for more than a month – punishment after he took some food to his room. The coupl... Full story

  • Dancing through life: world champion hoop dancer shares her story

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, Lander Journal Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 23, 2023

    LANDER - When Jasmine Pickner-Bell was five years old, her father, renowned hoop dancer Dallas Chief Eagle, gave her one hoop: a circle representing her inner self. "I remember he decided that he was going to show me this kind of vision that he had had about myself becoming a hoop dancer," Pickner-Bell, the enrolled Crow Creek Dakota Sioux Tribe member and South Dakota native, said. "He said there's this balance that's missing within our sacred circle." Back then, hoop dancing was a... Full story

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