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Feb 8, 2013 - The Associated Press

Wolf count nearly done

JACKSON -- Wyoming wildlife officers are wrapping up their annual wolf count, saying they expect the totals to be about 170 wolves and 15 breeding pairs.

Those totals would be well above the state's goal of 100 individuals and 10 breeding pairs.

The goal also includes 50 other wolves and five breeding pairs inside Yellowstone National Park. Park researchers say they're still formulating their estimates.

The state's first regulated hunting season for wolves ended about five weeks ago.

Officials say some of the wolves killed in the hunt had radio or GPS collars that researchers used to track individual animals and packs.

Researchers say losing those wolves makes it harder to track population numbers as well as movements.

Snowmelt 80 percent of average

CHEYENNE -- Preliminary forecasts for this year's snowmelt in Wyoming are predicting a runoff of about 80 percent of normal.

Wyoming's winter mountain snowpack melts off from April to September.

Hydrologists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service say the predicted runoff into Wyoming's streams and rivers vary from 15 percent of normal to 99 percent of average.

Generally, river basins in the northwest have the highest snowpack and are expected to see runoff closer to normal, while those in the southeast have the lowest snowpack and the lowest runoff predictions.

Reservoir storage varies widely across the state but is at 96 percent of average for the entire state. Water levels are highest on the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and lowest on the North Plate River reservoirs.

Man indicted in online threats case

CASPER -- A federal grand jury has indicted an Oklahoma City man accused of posting online threats to commit acts of violence in the central Wyoming city of Casper.

Federal officials say Glenn Allen Kirkham authored a Jan. 14 online message board posting that threatened to employ nontraditional weapons to prove that a "high score" could be achieved without assault rifles.

The message mentioned Casper but did not specify a specific target or location.

Court documents say Kirkham told investigators the post was a "work of artistic falsehood."

Kirkham is charged with transmitting a threat by interstate communications.

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