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Mar 30, 2014 - The Associated Press

Grizzly bear study progressing

JACKSON (AP) -- Federal managers of the Yellowstone region's grizzly bears say their work on the Endangered Species Act delisting process may be done this fall.

Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Chris Servheen says the work involves completing a threats analysis, after which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may decide whether to propose delisting. That would begin another process of proposals and public comment that could go well into next year.

New bison plan to be considered

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The state of Montana and the National Park Service say they will collect information for a possible new plan to manage bison herds at Yellowstone National Park that have long been subject to slaughter over concerns they could spread disease. Agencies are trying to conserve a viable wild population of Yellowstone bison while reducing the risk of brucellosis transmission to livestock. About half of Yellowstone's 4,600 bison test positive for the disease, which causes pregnant animals to prematurely abort their young. Under the 2000 agreement, thousands of bison were killed as they attempted to leave the park.

Firm fined over reporting in state

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A Texas energy company has been fined for not submitting timely production reports on oil and gas leases in Wyoming and Utah. Matrix Production Co. has been assessed two civil penalties totaling $204,362. The company was issued totices of noncompliance in July 2012 and one in May 2013.

-- for not submitting reports. It later turned in the information.

The company has 30 days to contest the fine. If it's upheld, the fine will be paid to the federal government.

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