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Oct 31, 2012 - The Associated Press

Hunters approaching first wolf quota

CHEYENNE -- Hunters are more than halfway toward meeting the quota for Wyoming's first wolf hunt since the animals were reintroduced to the Yellowstone region in the 1990s.

The hunt began Oct. 1 and continues through Dec. 31.

The quota for this year's hunt is 52 animals. As of Monday, hunters had killed 27 wolves.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed wolves from endangered species protection in Wyoming last summer.

Wolves are classified as trophy game animals outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming and are subject to regulated hunting in that area. Wolves elsewhere in the state are classified as predators and can be shot on sight without a license.

Anadarko wants to double oil field

CASPER -- Anadarko Petroleum wants to nearly double the size of an existing oil field in southern Wyoming by drilling 125 wells.

The Patrick Draw field, east of Rock Springs, was established more than 50 years ago and acquired by Anadarko in 2000. The Woodlands, Texas-based company wants to drill 105 oil wells, 18 carbon dioxide wells and two water injection wells over nine years.

The Patrick Draw field is one of two fields in Wyoming where Anadarko uses carbon dioxide to free oil and gas deposits.

The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that it would be taking comments on the proposal through Nov. 30. After that it will begin an environmental assessment.

Anadarko spokeswoman Robin Olsen said the expansion wouldn't start until at least 2016.

UW trustees to meet about search

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss the job profile for the new UW president.

The meeting will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Old Main board room on the Laramie campus. It is open to the public.

Trustees will confer with a representative of the consulting firm assisting UW in finding a successor to President Tom Buchanan, who is retiring next year.

The consultant also is meeting with members of the public and the campus community this week regarding the presidential search process.

Game and Fish moves problem grizzly

CODY -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has trapped and relocated an adult female grizzly bear that was hanging around a guest house west of Dubois.

The game department says the bear was captured on Friday after it damaged an outbuilding that had stored horse grain. The bear was released in the Fishhawk Creek drainage, about 46 miles west of Cody. The release site is in currently occupied grizzly habitat.

BLM lifts some fire restrictions

BUFFALO -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on agency lands overseen by the Buffalo, Newcastle and Casper field offices.

Kirk Strom is fire management officer at the BLM's High Plains District Office. He says the agency issued very few citations for violation of the fire restrictions while they were in effect.

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