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May 29, 2014 - The Associated Press

Deadline near on wolf comments

JACKSON -- The deadline is approaching for people to offer their thoughts about the next wolf-hunting season in northwest Wyoming.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department proposes to set a limit of 43 wolves for this fall's third annual wolf-hunting season in the area surrounding Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

That's 17 more wolves than last year's limit.

Comments on this year's hunting season can be submitted through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website. Friday is the deadline to do so.

Wolves may be shot on sight in most of Wyoming. In northwest Wyoming, they're classified as trophy game animals subject to regulated hunting during designated hunting seasons.

Wyoming's wolf population is holding steady at around 300 wolves.

Decapitated body identified

CODY -- Investigators have identified the decapitated body found early this year in Park County as a 30-year-old man from Mexico.

The Park County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified the victim as Juan Antonio Guerra Torres, a native of the town of Guanajuato in central Mexico.

Duck hunters found Guerra Torres's body near Powell on Jan. 9. He had been decapitated, shot several times and was missing his left arm.

The sheriff's office says Guerra Torres had ties to Park County and that his last known address was in Clark, about 10 miles from where his body was found.

Sheriff's spokesman Lance Mathess says he can't comment on how long the man had been living in the area or whether he was employed.

The investigation by several law enforcement agencies is continuing.

Oil spill cleaned up, burned off

SHERIDAN -- A significant oil spill in the Powder River Basin has been substantially cleaned up after a burning operation, but more work remains to be done, federal officials said.

An estimated 25,000 gallons of oil spilled when a 6-inch pipeline sprang a leak May 19 about 45 miles southeast of Buffalo and 35 miles southeast of Gillette. U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say the oil flowed more than two miles, but they put in a dam to hold the spill a couple miles short of the Powder River.

Clark Bennett with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Buffalo said Tuesday that the burn happened Thursday and Friday. The bureau didn't notify the public abo­ut the spill because nobody was being affected.

The pipeline's owner, Casper-based Belle Fourche Pipeline, burned off the oil because other cleanup options weren't practical. Company officials burned off the oil in segments, said Duane Spencer, the bureau's Buffalo field office manager.

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