Game and Fish Department counts, estimates find 112,900 wapiti. “Elk hunting should be really good for people this year,” said one manager.
Agreement with federal agency calls for state role in ‘active management’ to combat fire threats, invasive weeds, but critics see it as a plan for more logging and industrial agriculture.
Biologists in the state with 11% of greater sage grouse estimate the population at about 78,000 birds, up more than 33,000 from 2019.
Coal country has options. But a long legacy of hope, promises and failure has instilled a political inertia that won’t soon be overcome.
BLM approves Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield but leaves to state regulators vexing questions about how to dispose of millions of gallons of tainted water.