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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The population of non-native mountain goats is growing prolifically in the Teton Range in northwest Wyoming, while the number of native bighorn sheep is in a noticeable decline.

Counting bighorn sheep from a helicopter for the last three years, Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists tallied no more than 57 bighorns in the Tetons, a considerable drop from counts of 96 in 2008.

Meanwhile, an aerial count found 43 mountain goats.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that both bighorn sheep and mountain goats inhabit the West, including Colorado, Montana and Idaho, but mountain goats generally live in different terrain.

However, in the Tetons, one goat was seen near the sheep.

The closeness is worrisome because goats can carry bacterial pathogens that can be deadly in bighorn.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming-based airline is behind in lease payments for its company headquarters at Cheyenne Regional Airport by about $80,000.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the balance owed by Great Lakes Aviation was discussed during an April meeting of the Cheyenne Regional Airport Board. Airport Director of Aviation Tim Barth says the total represents five months of payments from December through April.

The airport uses the lease payments to pay off a bond that funded construction of the building that serves as the airline's headquarters and to cover the airline's operations at the airport.

Great Lakes Chairman Doug Voss says there've been conversations about the lease but the company won't comment further on the payments.

The small regional airline has been based in Cheyenne since 1999. It serves 13 airports in seven states.


YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is accepting public comment on a proposed project to reconstruct a segment of the East Entrance Road from Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond.

The proposed road reconstruction project would include work on about 3 miles of road, associated parking areas and turnouts, Fishing Bridge and Pelican Creek Bridge.

The project would make the road compliant with engineering safety standards, widen the road to the standard of 30-feet, repair or replace the deteriorated bridges, restore wetland functions and improve roadway and parking efficiency.

Public comments will be accepted until May 26.


JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials say hunters have not killed any wolves since the legal wolf hunt began.

The Jackson Hole and News Guide reports Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials say they have not received a report of a hunter-killed wolf as of Friday.

The first legal wolf hunt in the state in more than two years began on Tuesday. Successful wolf hunters have 10 days to report their kills.

Sporting goods store owner and hunting guide Robb Wiley says bad weather may be a factor for the slow start.

When wolves were taken off the endangered species list five years ago, only 23 of the 2,153 hunters that purchased the license killed a wolf.


LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming had two players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft over the weekend.

Running back Brian Hill was taken by the Atlanta Falcons with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round, and center Chase Roullier was taken with the 199th selection in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins.

The last time Wyoming had multiple players selected in the same NFL Draft was in 2014 when defensive back Marqueston Huff and wide receiver Robert Herron were drafted.

Several other Cowboys reportedly received free-agent offers from NFL teams after the draft.

Wide receiver Tanner Gentry received an offer from the Chicago Bears, tight end Jacob Hollister received an offer from the New England Patriots, and linebacker Lucas Wacha received a free-agent offer from the Dallas Cowboys.


RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Almost 50 dogs confiscated from rural residence by Riverton officials earlier this week are recovering and may soon be placed in permanent homes.

Gunda Gamble of G Bar G Veterinary Serve tells The Ranger she found some of dogs brought in Thursday with medical issues such as mange, worms and malnutrition. She says it's the group of dogs that were kept outside in cages that have the most problems.

Gamble says initially those dogs did not seem capable of rehabilitation, but are now showing signs of improvement.

Undersheriff Ryan Lee says the dogs were found on Monday. The department documented multiple dogs in a kennel without any shelter, food and a large amount of feces in the pen. It is unknown where the property owners will receive charges.


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