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Nov 27, 2012 - The Associated Press
Grizzly killing under investigation
MOOSE -- Investigators at Grand Teton National Park are continuing to probe last week's killing of a charging grizzly bear by members of an elk-hunting party.
Jackie Skaggs is spokeswoman for Grand Teton. She says Monday that investigators haven't concluded yet whether they will classify the hunters' killing of the adult, male grizzly bear on Thanksgiving morning as justifiable self-defense.
Skaggs says the National Park Service isn't releasing the names or hometowns of the three hunters, aged 48, 20 and 17. She says none of the hunters was hurt.
The incident marks the first time a hunter has killed a grizzly bear in decades of elk population-reduction hunts at the park in northwestern Wyoming. The shooting occurred along the east side of the Snake River near Teton Point Overlook.
Police look for bank robbery suspects
CHEYENNE -- Cheyenne police are looking for two armed men who robbed the Wyoming State Bank.
The men took an undisclosed amount of money from the bank on Monday around 4 p.m. They were wearing dark clothing and their faces were concealed.
Police spokesman Dan Long said the men brandished weapons but he said couldn't elaborate because of the investigation.
Man killed when he fell from train
RAWLINS -- Carbon County authorities say a man was killed when he apparently fell from a train that was passing through Rawlins.
Sheriff's deputies found the man, whose name has not been released, at about 6 a.m. Monday. Trains in the area typically travel between 50 mph and 70 mph.
Authorities say they do not suspect foul play.
The victim is described as white and between 30 and 35 years old.
Slow going on energy land buyout
JACKSON -- An effort to buy oil and gas leases in western Wyoming to protect the land from development is raising funds at about half the speed needed to complete the $8.75 million deal.
Since the historic agreement to buy 58,000 acres of oil and gas leases south of Jackson was announced in October, Trust for Public Land has raised $1.28 million of the $4.25 million it needs. That gives the trust less than six weeks to raise about $3 million.
The money is due Jan. 1.
Conservation groups sought an agreement with Plains Exploration and Production Co., fearing the industrial gas operation in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Sublette County would disrupt migration routes and wildlife habitat.