A pathogen that's linked to fatal pneumonia has been detected in the nonnative mountain goats that are expanding into the territory of the Teton bighorn sheep herd in northwest Wyoming.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists tranquilized four mountain goats from the Palisades herd in April and found a bacteria strain in one of the goats.
Game and Fish wildlife biologist Gary Fralick tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that efforts to monitor the goats will continue in hopes of learning how prevalent the pathogen is in the herd.
Biologists are worried about the bighorn sheep.
The bacteria is thought to be implicated in the deaths of 40 percent of the collared bighorn sheep in a separate Jackson sheep herd over the past year.Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 05:25
Sponsors of an effort to repeal a new state law say Wyoming's referendum process makes it too difficult to succeed in gaining access to the statewide ballot.
Jennifer Young, of Torrington, was among those who submitted petition signatures this week in hopes of forcing a statewide vote on Wyoming's new law redefining the state superintendent of public instruction's powers and duties.
Young says the state's referendum process is designed for such efforts to fail.
Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy Center in Casper says Wyoming is one of the most difficult states for an initiative or referendum to succeed.
State Republican Sen. Cale Case, of Lander, says Wyoming's process needs to be less restrictive but not too easy.
He suggested allowing online signature gathering that can be verified.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 05:06
The State Board of Education has identified six semifinalists for the position of director of the Wyoming Department of Education and plans to interview them in closed sessions Friday and Saturday.
The board said Wednesday that the candidates' names won't be released until they have confirmed their availability for face-to-face interviews.
The candidates each are being asked to also participate in 30-minute, public question-and-answer sessions Friday and Saturday.
The board plans to recommend three candidates to Gov. Matt Mead, who will appoint the director.
A statewide elected superintendent once led the Department of Education, but the Legislature and Mead changed that with a new law that says a director appointed by the governor will now lead it.
The semifinalists were chosen from a pool of 84 applicants.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 04:55
West Nile virus (WNV) spread by mosquitoes remains a potential threat in Wyoming as warmer weather arrives across the state, says the Wyoming Department of Health.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 17:51 Read more: West Nile A Threat