May 29, 2013 The Associated Press

G&F moves problem grizzly

CODY -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated an adult male grizzly bear from a ranch northwest of Cody.

The game department captured the bear on Friday after it had been hanging around calving pastures on the ranch.

The game department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relocated the bear to the Clarks Fork drainage, on the Shoshone National Forest, 13 miles northwest of Crandall. The release site is in currently occupied grizzly bear habitat.

Officials discuss river shortage

Water managers from Wyoming and six other states, Indian tribes and conservation groups are pledging to find ways to wring more from every drop of water in the drought-stricken Colorado River.

Officials ended a Tuesday meeting in San Diego promising an update by the end of the year on the work of panels representing municipal, agricultural, environmental and tribal interests.

Looming shortages are predicted on the river serving some 40 million people in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. Mexico also has a stake.

A December report concluded that the river might not be able to meet demands of the regional population by 2060.

Bureau of Reclamation chief Michael Connor says 2013 could be the fourth-driest year in the basin in the past 100 years. Last year was the fifth-driest.

BLM braces for suit on shale leases

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Seven conservation groups have notified the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency for making more than 1,200 square miles available for potential oil shale and tar sands leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

The conservation groups claimed in a formal lawsuit notice filed last week that the BLM violated the Endangered Species Act by not formally consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The notice was filed by the Grand Canyon Trust, Living Rivers, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Rocky Mountain Wild, the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club.

According to the notice, the BLM acknowledged the decision to allow oil shale and tar sands leasing could affect the Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, razorback sucker, Mexican spotted owl and other threatened or endangered species.

BLM spokesman Steven Hall said he hadn't seen the notice.

The BLM has previously indicated it does not consult with Fish and Wildlife until specific plans are in development.

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