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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists are monitoring elk traveling along a Jackson Hole area migration route. It's part of a new effort to determine if elk are returning to the Gros Ventre River country in summer and fall. There's debate over what's causing the winter elk distribution shift, and whether it's significant. Some blame wolves.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A wildfire that has burned about 31 square miles in southern Wyoming is now 85 percent contained thanks to rainy weather over the past couple of days. Evacuation orders have been lifted for several of the small communities in the vicinity. Wyoming 10 between Woods Landing and the Colorado state line reopened Monday morning.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Records show the division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office that pays for costs related to injuries for victims of crime has seen an increase in the amount and number of payments in recent years. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports between fiscal Years 2014 and 2016, the office has seen about a 36 percent increase in the amount of money paid to victims through the office statewide _ from $910,017.65 to more than $1.41 million.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Officials say the impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn't disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports a Yellowstone bison program manager says the transfer of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be on track. Park superintendent Dan Wenk had hoped to see the project through but told The Associated Press that he was being forced out of his job.
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