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Feb 29, 2012 - The Associated Press

Man pleads not guilty in shootout

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- A Wyoming man charged with shooting at law officers after a vehicle chase in South Dakota has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges including attempted murder.

Forty-two-year-old James Baker of Gillette is accused of being in a shootout with officers in the Rapid City area on Jan. 10. He was wounded and hospitalized. No officers were hit.

Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that they do not plan to offer Baker a plea agreement. A trial date was not immediately set.

Pot seized in traffic stop

EVANSTON (AP) -- Authorities say a traffic stop in southwest Wyoming has led to the seizure of 115 pounds of marijuana worth more than $692,000.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a trooper pulled over a rental car on eastbound Interstate 80 Sunday night outside Evanston on a speeding violation. A patrol dog detected drugs, and a search revealed five packages of marijuana. Authorities also seized more than $3,000 in cash.

The highway patrol said Tuesday that the 35-year-old driver Shaval Green of Margate, Fla., and his 24-year-old passenger, Willie Lofton, of Cithonia, Ga., are in custody. They face felony charges of possession of a controlled substance in plant form, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and conspiracy to deliver controlled substance.

USFWS to kill wolves shown in video

JACKSON (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to kill three or four wolves that have brazenly approached homes in Jackson in northwest Wyoming.

Wolf manager Mike Jimenez says there have been numerous sightings of wolves, beginning in late December, that show the animals have made residential areas part of their territory.

A recent video posted on Facebook by a Jackson man generated heavy response, and Jiminez said the video indicates that the wolves are becoming habituated to people and houses.

Jimenez says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials had considered relocating the animals, but decided against it because there aren't many places to relocate wolves.

Bison 'tolerance zone' to expand

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana officials have approved a plan to expand so-called bison tolerance zones north of Yellowstone National Park by 75,000 acres for migrating animals in search of food.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock issued a joint decision Tuesday approving adjustments to the Interagency Bison Management Plan.

The areas where bison will be allowed to wander will be expanded to the mountain ridges between the Paradise Valley and the Gardiner Basin on the east side of the Yellowstone River. The boundary to the west of the Yellowstone will be the ridgeline between the Tom Miner Basin and the Gardiner Basin.

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