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Sep 23, 2012 - The Associated Press

Grizzly moved from livestock area

CODY -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has trapped and moved a grizzly bear that was frequenting an area used by livestock west of Big Piney.

The department moved the adult male grizzly to an area 50 miles west of Cody.

The bear was moved Monday to the Mormon Creek drainage north of U.S. Highway 14-16-20, a place already inhabited by grizzly bears.

Jackson fire nearly contained

JACKSON -- Firefighters are close to fully containing a 3,400-acre wildfire that once posed a threat to the town of Jackson.

The Horsethief Canyon Fire was 92 percent contained Friday evening.

West of Pinedale, the Chall Creek Fire was 50 percent contained. Fire officials say that blaze is now estimated at 687 acres, due to better mapping. Firefighters previously estimated it was burning on about 400 acres.

The Chall Creek Fire had threatened 13 homes, but residents who had received evacuation orders were allowed to return Thursday. No buildings have been lost. The cause of the fire isn't known.

In northern Wyoming, the roughly 8,050-acre Gilead Fire near Buffalo is 57 percent contained. It was started by lightning in the Bighorn National Forest on Aug. 14.

No change in state's rig count

HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped this week by five to 1,859.

Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,402 rigs were exploring for oil and 454 were searching for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 1,991 rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, California lost five rigs and Louisiana dropped three. Colorado declined by two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas each lost one.

Pennsylvania added four rigs, while Alaska and West Virginia each gained one. New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were unchanged.

The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

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