Mead asks BLM to honor Wyoming’s regs requiring oil and gas companies to make up for habitat destruction as candidates support imperiled bird.
Yellowstone superintendent said he still feels his forced transfer — leading to his retirement — was punitive but has no proof such was actually the case.
Objectors say state can meet its constitutional duty to “realize the largest possible proceeds” without endangering cultural sites and game habitat.
State rejects plea that was based on late discovery of female bear killed in 2017.
Rent money that now goes to the U.S. Treasury would instead be used to approve expansions, reduce ski-area costs.