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Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists together with volunteers released 35 black-footed ferrets outside Meeteetse, Wyoming this week. The milestone event comes after years of captive breeding as part of an effort to restore the species throughout North America. (Photo courtesy Wyoming Game and Fish)

Back to the burrow

The prairie dog’s natural predator, the black-footed ferret, nearly disappeared from Wyoming’s high plains due to disease and rodent control.
Firefighter and EMS staffer Cody Lara watches the rest of a Fourth of July parade after participating in the procession Monday in Jackson. He is one of 460 firefighters employed in Wyoming, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

Firefighter

460 firefighters are employed in Wyoming where a deadly 1937 forest fire generated the idea for smokejumpers.
Grizzly 399, said to be the most famous grizzly in the world, is seen with her 2016 cub of the year on the morning they were first reported in Grand Teton National Park after emerging from their den. The cub was killed in a hit-and-run collision June 19. (c Leine Stikkel)

Famous mother

Grizzly 399 and her 2016 cub of the year, later killed by a vehicle, on the first morning they were reported out of their den.
Travis McNiven (center), who serves on U.S. Sen. John Barrasso's policy staff was among hundreds of people who attended a Friends of Coal rally this week in Casper. Thousands of people who rely on coal mining are impacted by layoffs as three of the nation's largest coal producers reorganize under bankruptcy and face the prospect of a prolonged downturn in the industry. (Tim Kupsick/WyoFile)

The State of Coal

The spectre of coal’s cracking foundation in Wyoming brought hundreds of miners and community leaders to Casper this week to testify before federal officials about the future of the federal coal leasing program.